Community Calendar



Monday, February 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

SCHEELS Bat Demo – Monday, February 16, 2015 4PM-8PM at The Hitting Center

Join SCHEELS for this FREE event to try the latest baseball and softball bats from Easton, DeMarini, Rawlings and Louisville Slugger!

Also, don’t forget to bring your gently used baseball and softball equipment and cleats to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Central IL sports programs!

Register to win ONE OF 10 $50 SCHEELS Gift Cards!!

Kids Klubs:

Monday, February 23, 2015 – Weather Preparedness and First Aid 6PM-7PM Join SCHEELS and WICS for a presentation on severe weather signs and basic first aid preparedness. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! Register to win a First Aid Kit!

Monday, March 9, 2015 – Come Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday 6PM-7PM Come one, come all. A Seuss party that’s sure to be a ball. Thing One and Thing Two will roll in with fun games and crafts for y’all! All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL!

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Camping, Navigation, and Survival Bracelets 6PM-7PM Join SCHEELS and BSA to learn all about camping, basic navigations and how to make a survival bracelet. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! Register win some GREAT PRIZES!!

Monday, April 6, 2015 – Fishing FUN!!! 6PM-7PM Join SCHEELS and our Fishing Expert and learn all about how to fish and the awesome gear that SCHEELS has to offer. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! Register to win a tackle pack.

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Earth Day Celebration 6PM-7PM Join SCHEELS and a local nursery to learn all about plants and why they are important to the Earth. All participating kids receive a free ride on the SCHEELS FERRIS WHEEL! Register to win some GREAT PRIZES!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Safe Family Saturday 10AM-1PM Sponsored by SCHEELS, St. John’s Hospital, Capitol Radio Group, and Farmers Insurance. An event for the entire family. FREE helmets for the first 100 people and FREE lunch for the first 750 people.

SCHEELS Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Thursday, October 8, 2015 5:45 PM

All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets.

Fish Fest – Saturday, March 7, 2015 9AM-5PM

Whether you’re an experienced angler or just learning to bait a hook, there’s something for the whole family at SCHEELS Fish Fest!

* Vist with a variety of vendors including: Shimano, Seaguar, Lew’s, Angler Assets, Falcon Graphite Rods, Lowrance, B ‘n’ M Pole Company, Southern Pro, Duckett Fishing, and more!

* Meet & Greet with Mark Menendez, Bassmaster elite pro tournament angler.

* A Kids Activity area will be available with games, activities, tattoos and FREE giveaways from Berkley and Plano (while supplies last).

IN-STORE HOT BUYS MARCH 7 ONLY! (While supplies last. Springfield, IL SCHEELS ONLY.)

Register to win a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card & Other great prizes!


Springfield Civic Garden Club Sale

Tuesday, March 24th 2015 - 12:00 am

Want to buy colorful geraniums and help support the community projects of the Springfield Civic Garden Club? Simply go to the club’s website, and download an order form. Seven colors are available in 4 inch pots for $2.50 each. Ordering deadline is April 6. Your plants will be delivered to you April 24-26. For more info call 217-553-6898.


Ivan Parker and Brian Free Concert

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 12:00 am

Ivan Parker and Brian Free are coming to central Illinois.  The two Gold City alumni will be performing a joint concert in Springfield and all music lovers will want to attend.

Ivan Parker, known among his peers as “The Voice”, is the premier solo vocalist in southern gospel music today.  His golden voice has earned him all the top awards in his field and the love and respect of audiences wherever he performs

Brian Free and his quartet Assurance are among the top practitioners of the art of four-part harmony.  Their smooth blend is the result of incredible talent and hard work and is sure to please the most discriminating ear.

Ivan and Brian have been close friends since their days as part of the immensely popular Gold City Quartet.  That relationship fosters some memorable moments onstage, so come expecting to be blessed and inspired and also to have a lot of fun.

This landmark concert will be held at Real Life Church 2450 Taylor Ave.  Springfield, IL on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  It will kick off promptly at 6:00 pm.  For ticket information, call 217-482-5114 or email


St. Aloysius Church and Boy Scout Troop 53 Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Sunday, March 29th 2015 - 12:00 am

Serving will be from 7:30am- Noon at St. Aloysius Parish Hall (2000 Sangmon Ave).

Tickets are $6 for adults for children and $23 for the family.


“Saved By Grace” Easter Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, April 5th 2015 - 12:00 am

“Saved By Grace”, a well known southern gospel group from Roodhouse, will be in concert at First Baptist Church at the 10:45 am Worship service Easter Sunday. Following their concert, Dr. Nate Adams, IBSA President, will be speaking on “Renewal/New Life and Revival”. Everyone is invited to come hear this uplifting message in music and word. First Baptist is located at 301 S. Grand Ave. W., Springfield. For information: 217/523-7731.


Illinois Symphony concerts and events

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 12:00 am

Brass Quintet

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 2 PM – First Presbyterian Church, 2000 E College Ave, Normal, IL

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 11 AM – Old State Capitol, Fifth & Adams, Springfield, IL

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra invites you to a FREE hour long concert featuring members of the fabulous Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The Around the Town concert series gives you an opportunity to experience the excellence of these musicians performing a variety of works in an intimate setting. Take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy an hour of beautiful music brought to you by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra!


Fiery Fiddlin’

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 PM – Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield, IL

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00 PM – BCPA, Bloomington, IL

Feel the fire of sensational fiddler Jeremy Kittel joined by ISO’s concertmaster Violetta Todorova in Evan Chambers’ Concerto for Fiddle and Violin, and the enchanting orchestral wizardry of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Brahms’ pastoral Third Symphony opens the program directed by the ISO’s Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler.


Tickets for all Illinois Symphony Orchestra concerts may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.


The Lincoln Train

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:30 PM – BCPA, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:30 PM – Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield, IL

Celebrate the life of Abraham Lincoln in Earl Robinson’s The Lonesome Train, a musical illustration of Lincoln’s Funeral Train. Ride the rails with Honegger’s masterful depiction of a steam train in Pacific 231, Copland’s spike-driving John Henry, and George Gershwin’s beloved Suite from Porgy and Bess. An event not to be missed as part of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition re-enactment commemoration!


Tickets for all Illinois Symphony Orchestra concerts may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.


String Quartet

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7 PM – University Galleries in Uptown Normal, Corner of Beaufort & Broadway, Normal, IL

This is an hour long concert series featuring members of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra performing a variety of works of music in the intimate setting of the University Galleries. The Around the Town concert series allows you to become more acquainted with these talented musicians. The evening includes a reception of refreshments provided by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and a time to meet & greet with the musicians.


Tickets for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town concert series at University Galleries may be purchased by calling the Illinois Symphony Orchestra office at 800-401-7222 Ext 16 or may be purchased at the door that evening. The tickets are $15 for Adults and $5 for students (6 years +). Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.


WE-CI: Team Building & Motivating Your Staff

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 12:00 am

WE-CI: Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois; will hold our monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8th , 2015; from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at The Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.


Topic: Team Building & Motivating Your Staff. Ms. Maureen Bluhm, General Manager of White Oaks Mall; brings her 25+ years’ experience of practical methods to this subject all business owners face. Members, you will be encouraged to share ideas and examine methods to enhance your business’s performance metrics in dialogue with Ms. Bluhm.

The cost for the meeting is $15 for members, $10 for guests, and $20 for walk-ins. Reservations are non-refundable. Please make your reservations at by Friday, April 3rd at <>. Our website can now take payments by credit card.

Monthly meetings include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions. Fundraising events support scholarships for local women receiving advanced professional training. Guests may request a notice sent to them by contacting Maureen Williams: .


THE GENTLE HEALERS: The Benefits of Pet Therapy

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 12:00 am

Please join us at Erin’s Pavilion
on Thursday April 9, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm
Friends of Memorial is sponsoring a FREE seminar to discuss the health benefits of pet therapy. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Toni Martin at


Knights of Columbus Council 3914, Riverton Il Fish Fry

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 12:00 am

The officers and members of the Knights of Columbus Council 3914, Riverton Il  wish to announce the last fish fry of the season on Friday April 10, 2015.  Our next fry will be Sept. 4th.
Walleye, Tilapia or Shrimp Dinner – $9.25
Walleye Sandwich $7.50
Catfish Dinner $10.75
Dinner include slaw and choice of baked potato, potato salad or French frys.
Corn dogs – $2.00
Time 4:30 – 7 PM


CYFS REFUSE TO ABUSE- Taking Steps To End Child Abuse

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 12:00 am

The  Center for Youth and Family Solutions will be hosting a two mile walk and fun run in honor of April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Come and join us for children’s activities, food and fun and receive a t-shirt for each person registered!

Adult registration: $15.00
Child registration: $7.00 (12 & under) Family registration: $35.00 (2 adults &  2 children- each additional child $5.00)

Please register online at:
or in person or mailed to: 614 North 6th St.
Springfield, IL 62702 by March 27, 2015

Please call, 217-528-3694, for more information.


Visions By JDR

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 12:00 am



Celebrate the Heart of a Woman

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 12:00 am

The heart of every woman deserves to be showered with care!

Come enjoy an evening that will empower you and women of all ages to be proactive in taking care of their heart health. Bring a friend!

Don’t miss this free, fun and informative event:

“Shower the Heart of a Woman with Care” presentation (Tami Hillis, MD)
“Breaking the Buzz: “Are trendy diets all they’re cracked up to be?” presentation (Erin Walker, MPH, RD, LDN)
Breakout Sessions: Zumba Gold, Zumba for Beginners; Pilates and Yoga for Beginners; Strength Training and Phone Apps Use for Women on the Go; Paraffin Hand Dip and Massage; and Relaxation Techniques for the Busy Woman and Relaxation Room. Choose two sessions to learn fun and easy ways to exercise and relax.
Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

Register online now or call call 217-788-3333.

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Springfield YMCA Gus and Flora Kerasotes Branch
Fee: Free


Annual Pleasant Plains Community Club Dinner Raffle with a chance to win $5000!

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 12:00 am

What: Annual Pleasant Plains Community Club Dinner Raffle with a chance to win $5000!
When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, New Berlin, IL
Time: Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner at 6 pm
Ticket Price: $100.00, includes admittance for 2 people with prime rib dinner, refreshments, entertainment, silent auction and 14 cash drawings with a chance to win $5000.
Other information: Need not be present to win. Winnings based on 200 tickets sold.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Teri Sjuggerud at (217) 891-6243.

The Pleasant Plains Community Club supports the town of Pleasant Plains and surrounding communities in many ways! Examples include: scholarships for graduating seniors, Christmas with Santa and annual Halloween Party for children, Helping Hands food pantry, Senior Citizen Dinners and maintaining the town’s Community Building.


APL Trivia Night

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 12:00 am

Trivia Night Revised - 2015


Feline Ranch Trivia Night

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 12:00 am

trivia Night


Run to the Hills

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 12:00 am



Building A Successful Stepfamily

Friday, April 24th 2015 - 12:00 am



Springfield Area Home Builder’s Association Trivia Night

Friday, April 24th 2015 - 12:00 am

Friday, April 24th at 7 pm, the Springfield Area Home Builder’s Association will host a baseball themed trivia night at the KC Hall on 2200 Meadowbrook Road in Springfield. Come dressed in baseball apparel for a chance to win prizes! Proceeds will go toward the political action committee that advocates on behalf of the home building industry, as well as our local Q5 initiative. The cost to play is $10 per person; there will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as other cash prizes.  Log on to for more information or call (217) 698-4941. Contact: Lee-Ann Burgener Executive Officer, Springfield Area Home Builders Association (217) 698-4941


SCHEELS Golf Demo Day at Knight’s Action Park

Friday, April 24th 2015 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join SCHEELS to try out the latest in drivers and clubs from top golf vendors!

Sponsored by: SCHEELS, Taylor Made, Nike Golf, Callaway, Adams Golf, Cobra, Cleveland Golf, Tour Edge, & Exotics

Register to win:

* Exotics Hot Launch Golf Bag courtesy of Tour Edge

* Odyssey White Hot 2.0 Putter courtesy of Callaway

* Golf Bag courtesy of Nike Golf

* 10-Pail Punch Card courtesy of Knight’s Action Park

* $500 Gift card courtesy of SCHEELS

All participants will receive (3) FREE holes in the SCHEELS Golf Simulator.


Great Strides Walk

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 12:00 am


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