Community Calendar


It’s time to get your flu shot

Wednesday, November 5th 2014 - 12:00 am

It’s time to get your flu shot! Don’t let the flu catch you by surprise!

Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu and everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu this year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The flu is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. While pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications, even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized.

The flu season can also be unpredictable. It can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring so it’s not too late to get vaccinated even during the winter, as long as the flu season isn’t over. For more information about the flu, you can visit, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

UnitedHealthcare, along with, is promoting the benefits of getting a flu shot because getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu. That’s why we ask you to air this public service announcement campaign to encourage people to get their flu shot and direct your listeners to the website so they find out where they can get flu shots locally.

As a broadcaster, we know you are committed to informing your listeners about important health issues. We ask that you broadcast the 30-second or 60-second public service announcement audio files; links pasted above, or use the script below for your announcers to voice.

Your radio station serves as a vital link in getting out important health information to the public. We hope you can partner with us and broadcast this important health message. The PSA campaign can run now through February 28, 2015. Please call me at 952-979-5862 if I can provide you with any further information or assistance.


tips from the American Heart Association for a healthy holiday

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 12:00 am

Don’t let the Grinch steal your health this holiday season! Try these tips from the American Heart Association for a healthy holiday. If you’re heading to a party tonight, eat a healthy breakfast and lunch that includes several fruits and vegetables. Fit at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day to avoid weight gain and to reduce stress. And don’t forget to sleep! Staying up late to wrap presents can take a toll on your health. Aim for 8 hours every night. Visit heart-dot-org for more health tips this holiday season.

The Holiday season is here, and with it comes sugar-loaded treats and dishes filled with fat and calories. Try these recipe substitution tips from the American Heart Association to skinny-up your favorite treats and holiday dishes! Use applesauce in place of butter, or try whole wheat flour and use egg whites when baking.  Try Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and choose the fat-free or low-sodium cream soups for your favorite holiday side dishes. For healthy holiday recipes and other tips, visit heart-dot-org.


Design Ideas Holiday Outlet Store

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 12:00 am

Event: Design Ideas Holiday Outlet Store

Location: Capitol City Shopping Center (old Shopko location)

3001 S Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703

Dates: Friday, November 22-Saturday, December 27

Hours: Open Tuesdays – Sundays, closed Mondays. See for store hours.

Description: Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, The Junior League of Springfield, and SPARC, local product design company Design Ideas is renting a temporary location to liquidate thousands of its decorative and functional products for the home and office at 75% off (OR MORE!) suggested retail prices to benefit local charities. The event is more than just a way to quickly move out Design Ideas’ excess inventory; it has become a special partnership with the charities and Springfield community at large. Get updates on specials and store events by connecting with us


The Springfield Art Association to Hold 83rd Beaux Arts Ball

Saturday, November 29th 2014 - 12:00 am

The Springfield Art Association to Hold 83rd Beaux Arts Ball Saturday, November 29, 2014


The 83rd Beaux Arts Ball, themed “Amour de l’Art”, will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. Queen Madeleine Rose Albracht and the Royal Court will preside over this year’s Ball. The premiere sponsor of this elegant evening is the Lowery-Muller Group at Wells Fargo Advisors,  and will feature the introduction of the Amour de l’Art Court, dinner, silent auction, a $100 golden ticket opportunity and dancing to the music of DK Money.


Madeleine Rose Albracht is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan J. Albracht and the granddaughter of George and Phyllis Fairchild. Maddie is a graduate of Glenwood High School and is currently a senior at UIS, studying communications.  Maddie has a passion for writing and plans to go into public relations in the healthcare field. She recently completed an internship for Clothed in Hope, a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the women of Zambia, Africa. Maddie is also active with Contact Ministries where she volunteers in various capacities including public relations. She recently completed the University of Illinois Service Dog program and she worked as a coach for PowerworkS Kids. Her grandmother, Phyllis Fairchild, served on the Springfield Art Association (SAA) board for many years and as president for two. Her mother, Sarah Fairchild Albracht, has also served on the board, executive board and is currently the president of the SAA Board of Directors. In addition, Sarah was the queen of the 1987 Beaux Arts Ball, “An Evening in Williamsburg”. The SAA has been a part of Maddie’s life for as long as she can remember, from Art Outreach through grade school, to accepting a Public Relations Internship position for the summer of 2013, where she worked on the First Annual Paint the Street Fest. Maddie is honored to carry on a family tradition and serve as queen of the 83rd Annual Beaux Arts Ball.


The Beaux Arts Ball raises funds for the SAA’s operating expenses and provides an exciting venue to honor the families and volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time and talents. Proceeds from the Ball help serve more than 100,000 people in Sangamon County and surrounding communities with first rate art outreach programs, classes, special events, lectures and camps. The SAA’s newest addition, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, hosts brilliant exhibits from local, national and international artists. The SAA also preserves and maintains the historic Edwards Place, the oldest home in Springfield and the Michael Victor II Art Library. For more information, visit the Springfield Art Association website at

Tickets for Amour de l’Art are $125 for adults and $50-$75 for children. They may be purchased in advance by calling 217-523-2631. The deadline for dinner tickets is November 17, 2014. Tickets for the dancing portion featuring music by DK Money may be purchased at the door. Plan now to invite your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of this exciting traditional gala!


Franciscan Nativity Festival

Friday, December 5th 2014 - 12:00 am

Chiara Center (on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis/Springfield, IL) will host the Franciscan Nativity Festival on Friday, December 5 from 2-7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from noon – 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Festival features over 100 international Nativity Sets and a tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road. The website is


Riverton KC Hall

Friday, December 5th 2014 - 12:00 am



16th Annual Christmas Village Bazaar

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 12:00 am



A Little Christmas Market

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 12:00 am

Kleiner Christkindlmarkt: A Little Christmas Market is Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Engel’s on Edwards: Tents at 552 S. MacArthur from 9am to 3pm.

Various handmade items: Strohsterne (straw stars) and Adventskränze (advent wreaths). Manufactured items: Christmas craft, tree ornaments, gently used Christmas items, Stollen, Christmas candies and Spekulatius; bake sale items, cookies, cakes, breads and more goodies.

Essen u. Trinken (food and drink): Grilled brats with sauerkraut (optional), hot pretzels, potato pancakes, split pea soup, hot kaffee, hot cocoa, water and Glühwein (mulled wine).

Musical Attractions: High School German language students will sing Christmas carols.

Other Attractions: There will be a free-standing fire pit to warm yourself by as you eat and drink our goodies. Santa Claus will stop by for a visit.


A Ringing Christmas 2014 by Bells in Motion

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 12:00 am

12/6/2014 7p and 12/7/2014  4p
A Ringing Christmas 2014 by Bells in Motion
A Family-friendly jazz holiday concert
United Presbyterian Church
2550 Rock Hill
Wood River, IL


Story time and Holiday Happenings

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 12:00 am

Story time and Holiday Happenings –

On December 6th the museum will be hosting Story time and holiday happenings.  Join in the fun with stories, crafts and music. The Eddy Flute Choir will be performing at 11:00am in the museum Plaza. President Lincoln and a Civil War Santa will on-site to interact with guests. Before going to the holiday parade, at 3:00pm the museum will host story time, craft, and cookie/hot chocolate.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 N 6th Street
Springfield, Il


Secret Santa Workshop

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The place for children 12 years and younger to shop for family & friends. All gifts are priced $5 or less at Dawson Village Hall. Food and drinks available

Visit santa, christmas crafts, cards for the troops, holiday photos and more holiday fun

enter for a chance to win an edible cookie box

tickets are $1 each



Pancakes, Paws & Santa Claus

Sunday, December 7th 2014 - 8:30 am - 10:30 am at Lincoln Green Golf Course
700 E Lake Shore Dr

residents & members $9 / adult and $7 / child

non-residents & non-members $10 / adult and $8 / child

call 585-1821 to make reservations and payments *required


Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 12:00 am

Wreaths Across America at Camp Butler National Cemetery
A program with a long tradition is making its way to Camp Butler again for the Christmas season. The local chapter of Wreaths Across America was set up eight years ago to decorate the graves of those buried at the Camp Butler National Cemetery and simultaneously across the country. The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will be held next month.
The live 20-inch wreaths will remain up for about a month following the 11am ceremony on Saturday December 13.

Volunteer Location Coordinator: David McKnelly
Telephone: 217-415-6464


Local 8K race to benefit U.S Veterans and families.

Sunday, December 14th 2014 - 12:00 am

Local 8K race to benefit U.S Veterans and families.

The JL Memorial 8K Challenge is proud to announce their inaugural race taking place at The Rail Golf Course at 8:00am on Sunday, December, 14, 2014.

The JL Memorial 8K Challenge is benefiting the Semper Fi Fund organization. The Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

This 8K (5 mile) race was created to honor the life of USMC Veteran John Lazell, and to challenge others to push themselves to go farther in running and life.

The challenge: to push your body and run an 8K race in DECEMBER, where it could be cold and snowy or warm and rainy. You never know in Illinois. Bring your friends and have a good time braving the elements.

The course is a fast, mostly flat course and is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned runners. Participants will run on a mixture of asphalt, grass/dirt and gravel roads

Online registration is available at until December 12, 2014. Cost: 13 & up = $35, kids up to 12 = $20 Every finisher receives a medal! Awards for top 3 military finishers, top 3 male & female adults, and top male & female youth as well as door prizes.

Questions should be directed to the race director at or at 217.725.9777.


Warm socks and good books

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - 12:00 am

Warm socks and good books –

Saturday December 6, 2014 9;00 AM.
Wednesday, December 31 is the last day 

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is trying to warm children’s heads and feet by collecting books and socks this holiday season. Starting on December 10th – December 31st, guests can donate a new pair of socks and get $5 off admission to the museum or $10 off the cost of a membership.  The museum is also collecting new or slightly used books suitable for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.  All items will be donated to the Springfield #186 school district.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 N 6th Street
Springfield, Il


Kids Klub for SCHEELS

Monday, January 5th 2015 - 12:00 am

Kick-off Party with genHkids

The Kick-off Party with genHkids will be all about the My Choice Challenge. The stations will be about nutrition, Respecting my body, Making Better Choices, and physical activity.

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6PM.


Trivia Night

Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 12:00 am


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