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NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Friday, April 1st 2016 - 12:00 am

NOTHING IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN THE LIFE OF A CHILD. THIS APRIL, DURING NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH, BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES, A GLOBAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO BRINGING AND KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER, IS ENCOURAGING COUPLES WITH ROOM IN THEIR HEARTS AND HOMES TO CONSIDER JOINING THE SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM. HELPING FAMILIES IN CRISIS IN HOPES OF KEEPING CHILDREN OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN IS A UNIQUE, NATIONAL MOVEMENT OF COMPASSION SUPPORTING FAMILIES FACING DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. VISIT safe-families.org FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Rotary Flag Service

Thursday, April 14th 2016 - 12:00 am

Displaying our Country’s flag will be affordable, easy and automatic when you sign your home or business up for our new Rotary Flag Service! With your annual subscription, the Springfield Rotary Foundation will come out and place a pole holder in the ground, properly placed on your property. Then an American Flag will be placed prior to and picked shortly after each of the 4 Flag Holidays:

  • MEMORIAL DAY
  • FLAG DAY
  • FOURTH OF JULY
  • LABOR DAY

The flag and pole will also be removed and stored for you after each Holiday. Your total Annual Service Fee will be just $50.00!

Never Forget to Display the Flag Again! Just click on the link HERE and fill out your information.

Invite your neighbors to sign up too – and line YOUR Street with America’s Flag for each of the Holidays! Gift orders are available too. Your investment in Rotary Flag Service will do two things – first, make sure YOU have your flag displayed proudly for each Flag Holiday – and second – put the proceeds to work serving people in need in Springfield and beyond through the Springfield Rotary Foundation!

Contact Info

Phone: (217)566-4326

Email: flag@rotaryflagservice.com

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Creative Events

Wednesday, April 20th 2016 - 12:00 am

Sat. April 16, Art for a Cause – Make Pigs for American Diabetes Association.
These will be auctioned off at their Annual Fundraising Gala. Adopt a pig to paper mach’e and get crafty! Supplies provided but bring your supplies if want to.
1:00-3:00pm at Chatham Library, 600 E. Spruce St. Chatham.
Free.

Wed. April 20, Glo Paint Night – Under Blacklights
6:30-7:30pm at KUMON Math & Science Center.
Email and pay via Paypal to register, see facebook event. Supplies provided.

Mon. April 26, Color with Friends
Color designs by local artists.
6:30-8:30p at Boones Saloon, W. Edwards, Spfld.
$5, no registration required.

Sat. May 21, Art for a Cause – Get Well Cards for Children Hospital.
1:00-3:00pm at Springfield Public Library Free. No reservation required. Supplies are provided and supply donations are welcome.

Mon. May 23, Color with Friends & Family
6:30-7:30p at Fairhills Residence, 2005 W Lawrence Ave, Spfld
$5, no registration required.

Rhiannon Gurley, Owner of Our Vibrant Community
Collaborating & Experiencing Art in the Springfield Area

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twitter.com/ourvibrantcomm
ourvibrantcommunity.com (coming soon, proceeds goes towards web development)

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LLCC students David Western and Melissa Plummer selected for Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 12:00 am

David Western of Rochester and Melissa Plummer of Chatham were selected as Lincoln Land Community College’s representatives on the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team. Community colleges in Illinois select two students yearly for the prestigious honor. Honorees were recognized at a banquet in Springfield on April 19,sponsored by the Illinois Community College System.

Western, a chemical engineering major, serves as president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, he is a member of the LLCC Honors Program, Spanish National Honor Society and president of the LLCC Robotics Club. Western is also an Eagle Scout.

Plummer, a biology major, served as the president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa from 2014-2015. She was also named on the President’s list in 2013-2014. Plummer plans to transfer to the University of Illinois at Springfield this summer to pursue a degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Studies.

Phi Theta Kappa is the leading academic honor society for students at two-year colleges. Students are eligible for membership with grade point averages of 3.5 or above.

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Midwest Technical Institute High School Welding Competition- Student Recognition

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 12:00 am

A number of area high school students received recognition and cash prizes for their welding skills at the annual Midwest Technical Institute High School Welding Competition earlier this month at the school’s Springfield, Illinois campus location.

The two-day event featured nearly 135 participants from 27 area high schools and career centers, including AC Central High School, Capitol Area Career Center, Carlinville High School, Edinburg High School, Effingham High School, Gillispie High School, Jacksonville High School, Monticello High School, Mt. Pulaski High School, Okaw Area Vocational Center, Pittsfield High School, Rushville Industry High School, Taylorville High School, Triopia High School, Afton High School, Capitol Area Career Center, Cuba High School, Grundy Vocational Area Center, Nokomis High School, Normal West High School, Norris City Omaha Enfield High School, South Technical High School, Staunton High School, Taylorville High School and Virginia High School.

Students were tested on a wide range of welding skills and theories, including live welding challenges as well as classroom-based testing. Twenty students in all were recognized for their work with the first place winners receiving cash prizes of $500 – second and third place winners received $250 and $100, respectively, and the top ten finalists were awarded commemorative medals for their efforts.

Thursday’s first place honors in Flight A went to Colton McGuiere from Okaw Area Career Center, taking home the top prize with Larry Edwards of Okaw Area Career Center finishing second and Taylor Dickinson from Gillispie finishing third. Flight B saw Shane Green from Okaw Area Career Center take home the first place prize, and Dalton Dugan and Blane Pruett, also of Okaw Area Career Center take home second and third.

Friday’s first place winner in Flight A was Alec May of South Technical High School, with Connor Chambliss and Alex Poertner both of South Technical High School finishing second and third as well. Flight B saw Vincent Indelicato of South Technical High School win the first place prize and Timothy Brinkley of Norris City Omaha Enfield High School come in second and Josh Slater of Cuba High School take home third place.

Established in 2007, the competition offers high school students more than an opportunity to showcase their welding talents. Participants will have the chance to tour the Springfield, Illinois campus, meet with faculty and staff and receive valuable information on how to turn their passion into a lifelong, lucrative career.

MTI’s Director of High School Development Eric Gleason believes the competition provides students with a well-rounded look at the skills and work ethic required to be a professional welder.

“The weld competition is designed to allow area high school students to not only showcase their skillset, but also to get a feel for the MTI environment and experience welding at the next level.”

The Springfield campus offers MTI’s Journeyman Welder I and II Program to train students for employment as professional welders in as little as seven months. For more information on the welding competition, contact the Springfield campus at (217) 527-8324. For interview requests and other media inquiries, contact MTI’s Director of Marketing at Stacey Wierman at 217-527-8324 ext. 1178.

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6th ANNUAL SPRING FLING W/ ROUTE 66 CRUISERS

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 12:00 am

EVENT: 6th ANNUAL SPRING FLING W/ ROUTE 66 CRUISERS

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CLUB @

25 CLUB AREA, LAKE SPRINGFIELD

CONTACT: Rose at 217-529-1182

On Saturday, April 30th, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will be hosting their 6th Annual Spring Fling plant sale to ring in the start of the spring season. Annuals, hanging baskets, vegetables & herbs will be for sale just in time to start your planting season.

The Route 66 Cruisers will also be having a cruise-in. A craft and vendor fair with over 20 vendors will be held along with the plant sale. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call Rose at 217-529-1182. Proceeds benefit Central Illinois Disabled American Veterans.

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Answer the Call Benefit

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 12:00 am

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Williamsville Jazz Dinner

Saturday, April 30th 2016 - 12:00 am

Tickets Available! Williamsville Jazz Dinner April 30

Great live music and dinner await you at the 5th Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner being held on Saturday, April 30 from 5 to 9 PM at the Williamsville Junior High School gym. Festivities include live performances by the award-winning Williamsville High School Jazz Band, Junior High School Jazz Band and Juke House, a local jump blues/swing music local band with ties to the WHS music program. A full catered meal is part of the package with vegetarian meals available upon request. Doors open at 5 PM. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-williamsville-jazz-dinner-april-30-2016-tickets-20376970066

Profound Pictures

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

Experience profound musical pictures from the Silk Road with Borodin’s beautiful In the Steppes of Central Asia and Zhao Lin’s Duo for Sheng & Cello featuring Chinese rock star Wu Tong on sheng and Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block. Mussorgsky’s epic Pictures at an Exhibition brings Alastair Willis’s tenure as Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to a brilliant close.

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APL New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 12:00 am at Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Rd

Want to volunteer with APL? Attend an informational orientation to learn how you can help!

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, cleaning, cat & dog socialization, pet therapy visits, humane education, adoption events, fundraising, and much more!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or legal guardian, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to orientations and trainings.

Each session lasts approximately one and a half hour.

It is required to register for New Volunteer Orientation. Please sign up for an orientation at the APL or by emailing volunteer@apl-shelter.org.   Every orientation will be limited to approximately 15 people per orientation.

Direct questions to Caitlin at 217-544-7387 x227 or by email at volunteer@apl-shelter.org.

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APL New Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Animal Protective League
1001 Taintor Rd

Want to volunteer with APL? Attend an informational orientation to learn how you can help!

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, cleaning, cat & dog socialization, pet therapy visits, humane education, adoption events, fundraising, and much more!

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or legal guardian, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to orientations and trainings.

Each session lasts approximately one and a half hour.

It is required to register for New Volunteer Orientation. Please sign up for an orientation at the APL or by emailing volunteer@apl-shelter.org.   Every orientation will be limited to approximately 15 people per orientation.

Direct questions to Caitlin at 217-544-7387 x227 or by email at volunteer@apl-shelter.org.

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DR. DOLITTLE DAY SATURDAY, MAY 7TH FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 12:00 am

Admission is free at the Henson Robinson Zoo for Dr. Dolittle Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to a free celebration to start our season off in style. There will be animal programs, animal enrichment, garden programs and activities throughout the day. The zoo’s very popular turtle races will also be held throughout the day.

At 1:00 pm we will be unveiling the Zoo’s new Capital Campaign RENEW THE ZOO. The first step of this new venture will be the Penguin Pledge. “Improvements to the Penguin Exhibit are a very important initiative for the District. The Board, Staff and Zoological Society have spent time planning for exciting new features and a new home for our Penguins, but we will need Community support to see this project to fruition.” – Leslie Sgro, Park Board President

To help us kick this RENEW THE ZOO campaign off we invite the public to join us and help paint a few colorful wooden penguins who will be on display at the zoo for the upcoming season. There will be opportunities to create individual art pieces to take home as well. So grab the family, sunscreen or umbrella and join us at the zoo for Dr. Dolittle Day!

The Henson Robinson Zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield and may be reached at (217)585-1821.

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Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 12:00 am

Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Date:  Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time:  10:00 AM

Location:

Roselawn Memorial Park

1735 S. Camp Butler Rd.

Springfield, IL  62707

 

Phone: (217) 525-1661

Website: www.roselawninfo.com

 

Cost: Free

 

Mother’s Day is a special day that we pay

tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives,

children or other loved ones that have touched our

hearts and lives.

 

We would like to invite you and your family to join us

for a memorial tribute service on Saturday, May 7,

2016 at 10:00 a.m. honoring all mothers and the

important roles they have played in our lives. The brief

ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified

Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute

keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one.

We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us

for this tender reflection on the importance of these

special women we have lost, but will never forget.

For more information, please call the Roselawn

Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661.

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Springfield Choral Society

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 12:00 am

The Chorus, in conjunction with the Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield, will proudly present J.S. Bach’s monumental “Mass in B-minor,” with full orchestra, conducted by Marion van der Loo on Saturday, May 7th. This will be the chorus’s first performance of the work in 35 years and falls in our 45th anniversary season. We were really hoping to have our director and/or a few members of the chorus on one or multiple of your programs to talk about the concert and inform the community about this rare opportunity. It would mean a great deal to our organization and we know how much you support the arts and this community. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at 217-816-3833. You may also email our director at mvanderloo1@comcast.net.

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Civil War Tech – Balloons

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street

Considered by some to be a useless newfangled eccentricity, gas balloons proved their worth by providing a bird’s eye view of the enemy’s resources and movements.  Can you make a balloon that floats?  Ages 8-12 welcome.  FREE; Reservations required.

www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov

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Mother’s Day Remembrance Tribute Service

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Roselawn Memorial Park
1735 S. Camp Butler Rd.

Mother’s Day Remembrance Tribute Service

Mother’s Day is a special day that we pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives, children or other loved ones that have touched our hearts and lives.

We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a memorial tribute service on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. honoring all mothers and the important roles they have played in our lives.  The brief ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one.  Light refreshments will be served.

We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us for this tender reflection on the importance of these special women we have lost, but will never forget.

 For more information, please call the Roselawn Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661.

www.roselawninfo.com

 

Location of event:

Roselawn Memorial Park

1735 S. Camp Butler Rd.

Springfield, IL  62703

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APL Kitten Shower

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Animal Protective League Spay/Neuter Clinic
1001 Taintor Rd

In the next few months, APL will take in literally hundreds and hundreds AND HUNDREDS of kittens. They’ll be hungry and some maybe ill and need special care. All of them will need people to care for them until they can find their fur-ever homes.

In order to make sure we are ready for our fluffy little guests of honor, we are hosting a kitten shower!! Join APL in the lobby of our spay/neuter clinic on Saturday, May 7th  from 1 p.m. to 3 p. m. for fun games, refreshments, door prizes and of course visits with the kittens!

You can help the little ones out by bringing a small gift (wrapped or unwrapped) when you come out on the 7th, or, if you can’t make the shower, you could drop gifts off at the shelter anytime.

Here is a quick list of what the kittens will need:
***Canned cat food. (APL typically uses over 3,000 cans just during the summer!!!!)***
*Cat Toys

*Heating Pads (non-auto shut off)

*Little Noses Nose Drops (saline only)

*Open Top Cat Carriers

*Baby Wipes

*Kitten Baby Bottles

*Quick Read Thermometers

*Sandwich sized Ziplock Baggies

*Gallon sized Ziplock Baggies

*Q-tips

*Pine Wood Stove Pellets (for litter

*Monetary donation

If you plan on attending please RSVP to aplfoster@apl-shelter.org

UIS Lincoln Statue Unveiling and Dedication

Tuesday, May 10th 2016 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm at UIS Campus between University Hall and Public Affairs Center
3800 Eliza Farnham Dr

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at UIS between University Hall and Public Affairs Center UIS will host an official unveiling and dedication of The Young Lawyer, a 6’4″ bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln sculpted by renowned artist George Lundeen. Join us for the celebration. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. Information at 217-206-6058.

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Annual 5K Grow & Go

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 12:00 am

The IAA Foundation announces its annual 5K Grow

& Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the

important role they play in putting food on your table.

Proceeds from this race benefit Illinois Agriculture in the

Classroom, a program providing free resources to teachers

in an effort to help students make the connection between

food, fiber, fuel & farming. Bring your family & friends – the

Grow & Go has something for everyone!

Check out our website at www.iaafoundation.org

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Middletown United Methodist Church pancake and sausage breakfast

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 12:00 am

The Middletown United Methodist Church, will be holding a fundraiser on may 14th 7:30 am to 9:30 pancake and sausage breakfast. 10 am to 11 am quarter auction. 11-4 tons of antique cars , vendors, smoked on site pork and snack stand also kids activities.

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