Community Calendar


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.


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


Alice in Wonderland

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 12:00 am

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April 18, 2015
Hoogland Center for the Arts
We are seeking over 30 performers of all ages. Children, Teens and Adults.
You can pre-register for an audition time at

Johnson Center for Performing Arts
Lincoln College
300 Keokuk Street, Lincoln , Illinois 62656

7:00 pm Friday, June 5, 2015
2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Saturday, June 6, 2015
2:00 pm Sunday, June 7, 2015

Saturday’s Matinee is a Sensory-Friendly performance with the lights up and the sound down designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all. During the sensory-friendly performance the audience is free to talk and leave their seats during the performance as they see fit. We encourage our audience to bring friends and family of all ages who are more sensitive to lighting and sounds to the Saturday Matinee.

M.A.S.S Media Productions is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit theatre organization. Our Mission is to celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals through the shared experience of live theatre. M.A.S.S. Media Productions will produce new plays and classics with innovative interpretations accepting all individuals for who they are.

Our production of Alice in Wonderland is about acceptance and embracing who you are. Each of us is special and unique, and it is just those qualities that M.A.S.S. Media embraces. A dear young thespian has a quote on our website and it fully embodies what we, as an organization, stand for. “You don’t have to wait for the lights to fade to be yourself.” Be you, all the time, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

For more information visit [] or email us at

We can’t wait to see you!



Monday, May 4th 2015 - 8:00 am

The Springfield Park District will be opening registration for its Eisenhower Pool 2015 Summer Swim Lessons Monday, May 4th, 8:00 am at

Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Lessons offered are: Group ($56 Res/$66 NR); Semi-Private ($84 Res/$104 NR) and Private ($110 Res/$140 NR).

For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett by email at or by phone at 525-8847 ext 11. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at



Monday, May 4th 2015 - 6:00 pm

Join SCHEELS in making a ONE IF A KIND craft to give your mom on Mother’s Day! Register to win a great prize! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.



Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am


TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



CONTACT: Rose at 217-529-1182

On Saturday, May 9th 2015, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will be hosting their 5th 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 be having a cruise-in. A craft and vendor fair with approximately 20 vendors will be held along with the plant sale. All vendors prices $20 and under. Kid’s activities include Jelly Bean & Kup Kake clowns and One Stop Kids Shop with sand art & tattoos. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. For more information call Rose at 217-529-1182. Proceeds benefit Central Illinois Disabled American Veterans.



Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am

Admission is free at the Henson Robinson Zoo, for Dr. Dolittle Day on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The day will be kicked off by a performance by the Springfield Theatre Centre with selections from Dr. Dolittle, Jr.: The Musical at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a giveaway of soda pop while supplies last.

The zoo will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Dr. Dolittle Day and will offer a variety of bird activities and programs including live bird shows. The zoo’s very popular turtle races will also be held throughout the day. Vendors will also be in attendance including face painting, snow cones, sand art and food. Visitors can also ride the zoo’s trackless train, the HRZ Express, for $2.

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


Crystal’s Army 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 12:00 am



Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 10:00 am

Mother’s Day Remembrance Service

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time:  10:00 AM


Roselawn Memorial Park

1735 S. Camp Butler Rd.

Springfield, IL  62707


Phone: (217) 525-1661


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 9,

2015 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.


Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS Saturday, May 9, 2015 10AM-1PM

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

* FREE Kids Bike Helmets for the first 500 kids!

* FREE lunch for the first 750 people.

* Safe, secure Strider Adventure Zone for the little ones.

* Register to win a $500 SCHEELS gift card and His/Hers Strider bikes

* Lots of games and fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!!

Meet & Greet with MOWA Sprint Car driver, Justin Standridge.


Northside Children’s Community Library Quarter Auction

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 12:00 am

The Northside Children’s Community Library is having a fund-raising Quarter Auction on May 12, 6:30pm, at the Grandview Municipal Building, 1620 N. Milton Avenue, Grandview.


WE-CI: Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois; will hold its monthly meeting

Wednesday, May 13th 2015 - 5:30 pm

WE-CI: Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois; will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 13th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Saputos Restaurant, 801 East Monroe St., Springfield, Ill.


Topic: Welcome to future WE-CI Members & Future Entrepreneurs The speaker will be Brant Mackey from Sangamon CEO. The group works with local youth to prepare them to become entrepreneurs and creative thinkers contributing to the economic development, innovation, and sustainability of Sangamon County. Two young women from the CEO program will discuss the group. WE-CI supports today’s entrepreneurs and encourages the growth of the next generation.

The costs for the meeting are: $2o for members, $10 for guests, and $25 for walk-ins. Reservations are non-refundable. Additional information is available by contacting Maureen Williams at <>.

Please make your reservations at by Friday, May 8th at <>. Our website can now take payments by credit card.

Monthly meetings include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions. Fundraising events support scholarships for member receiving advanced professional training. Guests may request a notice sent directly to them by contacting Mary Schaefer at <>.


20th Annual Springfield Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

The St. Andrew’s Society of Central Illinois is pleased to present the 20th Annual Springfield Highland Games & Celtic Festival to be held once again in Chatham, Illinois on
Saturday, May 16th with various competitions such as Dance, Solo Piping & Drumming, Bands, and Athletic games.
Along with all the various competitions, there will also be entertainment in the Big Top with
Exorna , Whiskey Pics and other artists.
Vendors, Food, Children’s Activities, Animals, and more will all be featured at this year’s games.
Tickets are $10.00 Per person 13 and older
Seniors and children under 13 are $5.00
Veterans and children under 5 are free
For more information, look us up at:


Girls on the Run of Central Illinois “One in a Million” 5k- presented by Memorial Health System

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

Girls on the Run of Central Illinois “One in a Million” 5k- presented by Memorial Health Systems
o             What: non-competitive community running event

o             When: Saturday, May 16th 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ; race begins at 10:00 a.m.

o             Where: Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL

o             How: 12 and under- $15 through Friday, May 1st ; $20 through Friday, May 15th ; $25 Saturday, May 16th

13 and up- $25 through Friday, May 1st; $30 through Friday, May 15th; $35 Saturday, May 16th

Link to registration:
Join us on Saturday, May 16th for the Girls on the Run “One in a Million” 5k presented by Memorial Health System at Lincoln Land Community College. This is more than a race, it’s a celebration! Run, jog, walk or skip to the finish line with our over 675 program girls and 200 volunteers! This one of a kind, non-competitive event is open to the community and all abilities are encouraged to participate. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with fun activities such a face painting, happy hair and dancing. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a dance party that will last until noon. Go to to get registered today. Girls on the Run is SO much fun!


Communicate. Educate. Collaborate. Innovate.

Sunday, May 17th 2015 - 12:00 am

Communicate. Educate. Collaborate. Innovate.

Join us at a ribbon-cutting and open house for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, a cutting-edge facility that will change the future of healthcare training and education in our region.


The Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation is designed to develop the capabilities and expand the capacities of our community’s healthcare workforce, now and in the future, in partnership with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Be among the first to tour this exciting new facility.


Sunday, May 17, 2015


Doors open at 2 p.m.

Official ceremony at 2:15 p.m.

Tours from 2:30 to 5 p.m.


228 W. Miller St., Springfield, IL, 62702

At the corner of Miller and Rutledge streets on the Memorial Medical Center campus


9th annual Patrick Sheehan Golf Outing

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 10:00 am



Dual Piano

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 12:00 am

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Stroller Derby

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 12:00 am



Get more info or register HERE

Help The Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield


Kids Can Enjoy Summer Day Camp in the Country Air and City Convenience

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 12:00 am

Bright Star Equestrian Centre is a non-profit riding stable that provides a safe, supportive learning environment for disabled and non-disabled riders of all ages. Recognizing the need for summer activities for school-age children, they are offering their first Annual Summer Day Camp starting in June for kids age 8 and up.

“We really want to provide children with the chance to have some old-fashioned outdoor fun in the summer, learning all about horses, experiencing individualized riding lessons, making creative crafts, singing songs, and making new friendships along the way!” explained Dana Ingle, Executive Director of Bright Star.

There are limited openings still available. Sessions for non-disabled riders are June 8-12; June 22-26; and July 6-10. Camp is held 10am – 3pm daily. Sessions for disabled riders are June 15, 17, & 19; June 29, July 1 & 3; and July 13, 15, & 17. Students can register for one or all sessions. Bright Star is located off Hwy 97 just 25 minutes from Springfield, near New Salem Park.

To register, visit or contact Dana at 217-502-3390.

Fatherless Day Blood Drive

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm at Springfield Red Cross
1045 Outer Park Drive

Illinois Fathers will be hosting the Fatherless Day Blood Drive on Friday June 19th at the Springfield Red Cross facility located at 1045 Outer Park Dr.

The Blood Drive will run from 8 am until 4:30 pm and all Illinois Fathers Donors will receive an Illinois Fathers T-shirt or bumper sticker.

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