Community Calendar



Sunday, August 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

Kids Klub – Paintball Mania Monday, September 28 6PM

Join SCHEELS to learn all about paintball safety, how to shoot a marker and play an AWESOME paintball themed game. Register to win a great prize. Part of this event will be outside. Please dress appropriately for the event and the weather.


SCHEELS & Illinois Raptor Center Monday, October 12 6PM

Join SCHEELS and the Illinois Raptor Center for this AMAZING show about “Birds of Prey”. Watch as hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures are displayed and talked about. This event is FREE to the public. All participants will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win a GREAT prize!


Kids Klub – Halloween Bash & Scavenger Hunt Monday, October 26 6PM

Join SCHEELS for an INDOOR fun filled Halloween Bash and Scavenger hunt. Ghoulish games and treats for all. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Come dressed in your Halloween costume.


SCHEELS Back to School 2 Blitz Sunday, August 16 1PM-5PM

Join SCHEELS from 1PM-5PM for FREE face painting, FREE balloon creations, and WFLZ 101.9 the WOLF and Prowler for a ONE DAY event. Fun for the whole family!


Save the Date: Santa & Mrs. Claus at SCHEELS Saturday, December 5 11AM-4PM

Join SCHEELS for a one day event where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be taking a break from the North Pole to visit with kids at SCHEELS. Parent feel free to bring your cameras to take pictures. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Register to win a $100 SCHEELS gift card.


Home Décor Seminar Thursday, November 12 6:30PM

From trees and mantels to table and shelving learn about the latest decor trends at this FREE seminar. Enjoy tips, treats, and register to win great prizes. Presented by: SCHEELS Home Decor & Gift Lodge Experts.



Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church and School will host a new enrichment program for adults and children beginning this fall. The TEACH program (Trinity Educating Adults & Children for the Home) offers a variety of classes for adults and children.

TEACH will be held on Thursdays for five weeks, beginning September 17 through October 15 at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield. The evening begins at 5:30 pm with an optional freewill offering dinner and classes run from 6:00-7:30 pm. Free babysitting is also available.

Adult Classes include Couponing 101, Money Matters, Healthy Eating and Living, Women’s Self-Defense, Computer Basics, Knitting for Beginners, Introduction to Essential Oils, Conscious Discipline Parenting, Comparative Religions (No charge). Children’s classes include Children’s Fun with Art for ages 6 – 10 and Krafty Kids for ages 6 – 12.

The fee for classes is $25 per adult and $10 per child. Class size is limited to 20 adults per class and 10 children. Registration forms and fees are due September 1, 2015.

The TEACH program is funded through a grant from the Central Illinois District- Church Extension Fund (CID-CEF).

For more information, call 217- 622-8658 or 217-494-4549. To access registration forms, please visit Trinity’s website at or Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s Facebook page.


Hillcrest Event Center’s “Haunted Woods”

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am

Hillcrest Event Center is putting on a Haunted Woods every weekend in October and we need community service help.

You will be helping to Support the River Bend Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Coats for Kids.

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31.

Hillcrest event center

16260 E 350th street

Orion IL 61273



Saturday, October 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am

Tactical & Personal Defense Firearm Seminar Saturday, October 3, 2015 10AM & 1PM

You don’t want to miss this one of a kind SCHEELS seminar! Join SCHEELS, Ethos Tactical, and The Well Armed Woman for an introduction to tactical & home defense firearms and ammunition selection.

Introduction to:

* Tactical & Home Defense Firearms

* Ammunition Selection

* Defense Handguns

* MSR & AR Rifles

* Defense Shotguns

* Women Specific Courses

The FIRST 25 REGISTERED guests for each session will receive a $10 SCHEELS gift card. Please meet in the SCHEELS Training Center.

Please register by calling the Event Office at 217.726.6330. This is a FREE event and open to the public. There will be a session at 10AM & at 1PM.


Live Reindeer at SCHEELS Fri., Nov. 27, 2015 10AM-5PM & Sat. – Sun., Dec. 19 & 20 10AM-5PM

Join SCHEELS and Morning Star Reindeer Production for a chance to meet one of Santa’s LIVE reindeer at SCHEELS. Come see one of Santa’s reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole! While you are at SCHEELS take advantage of writing a letter to Santa (located by Ginna’s Cafe).

Cost: Photos will be available for purchase! 1-8×10 or 2-5×7’s for $20.

SCHEELS Blaze Days Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 9AM-9PM

Make SCHEELS your last stop before the deer opener! We will offer one-time deals on essential gear as you head out on your hunt! The FIRST 300 customers will receive a FREE hat and hand warmers starting at 9AM. Register to win a Tikka T3 Forest gun, Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Binoculars, Danner Pronghorn Hoots, and a $100 SCHEELS gift card.

Day After Thanksgiving Shopping at SCHEELS Fri., Nov. 27, 2015 6AM-7AM

Join SCHEELS to kick off a day full of shopping with hot chocolate, live music, and the FIRST 300 people in line will receive a FREE $10 SCHEELS Gift Card.

Kids Klub – How to Make SCHEELS Fudge Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 6PM

Joins SCHEELS and our Fudge Expert to learn all about how to make SCHEELS fudge. One lucky kid will get to take home a six pack of their favorite SCHEELS fudge.

Kids Klub – Create an Ornament Mon., Dec. 7, 2015 6PM

Join SCHEELS for some holiday fun. Come make an ornament to hang on a Christmas tree here at SCHEELS and one for your Christmas tree at home. Register to win a GREAT prize.

Kids Klub – Make a Cookie with Mrs. Claus Mon., Dec. 21, 2015 6PM

Join SCHEELS and Mrs. Claus to decorate a Christmas cookie for Santa and to listen to a Christmas story read by Mrs. Claus herself. Register to win a GREAT prize.


Tools from another time

Saturday, October 10th 2015 - 12:00 am

Lincoln Presidential Library, with help from AT&T, will let children explore Civil War technology

Trains and balloons. Telegraphs and drums. Rifles and cameras. The Civil War included all these technologies and many more, as children will learn in a new program offered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

In a series of free “Civil War Tech” events, children will get an up-close look at the tools and machinery that the North and South used to wage war 150 years ago. They’ll have the chance to perform experiments, talk to historic interpreters and play games based on tech of the past.

The program, made possible by support from AT&T, runs through summer of next year. Meant for children ages 8 to 12, it melds science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with history.

“This exciting series shifts history from the pages of a book to the laboratory of a scientist,” said Michelle Poe, director of education at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “When you learn how to send a telegraph message or what conditions encourage disease, you gain a better understand of the events of the Civil War.”

“As a leader in technology and innovation, AT&T is excited to support the new Civil War Tech program to help engage students by connecting science and history,” said Jim Maurer, vice president, external affairs, AT&T Illinois. “Our company is proud to be a founding donor of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and we’re very pleased to extend our support to utilize modern technology to help make important history come alive for students today.”

Some of the technology was old even at the time of the Civil War. Drums and bugles, for instance, had been used for centuries to signal troops during battle. That will be the focus of the Oct. 3 Civil War Tech event.

Other technology was new. Repeating rifles and the Gatling gun debuted during the Civil War, as did iron-clad battleships. Trains and telegraphs, while not brand new, had never before played key roles in a war.

The Civil War Tech events generally will take place once a month, on Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 at the Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield. However, the presidential library is kicking things off with three events in October: an Oct. 1 preview and news conference with AT&T, the Oct. 3 session on drums and bugles, and an Oct. 10 event for the whole family with historic re-enactors.

The tentative schedule for the program is:

* Oct. 3: Bugles and Drums

* November 7: Photography

* December 5: Railroads

* January 9: Submarines

* February 6: Ironclads

* March 5: Gatling Gun

* April 4: Artillery

* May 7: Surveillance Balloons

* June 4: Germs

* July 10 (Sunday): Hospitals

* August 6: Battle Injuries

The events will be added monthly to the presidential library’s ticketing system. To make reservations for an upcoming session, visit and click on “special event reservations.”

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history, making the library one of the nation’s leading institutions for genealogy and history research.

The museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For information on all our events, visit


39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert

Sunday, October 11th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Zion Baptist Church
1601 E. Laurel St.

Contact Information:
Rev. Gerald C. Lasley, General Chair
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Through October 11, 2015
Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc.
39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert

Springfield, Illinois… Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc., 501(c)3, announces its 39th Annual Jessie Mae Finley Musical Scholarship Concert to be held Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 4:00p.m., at Zion Baptist Church at the corner of 16th and Laurel Street. The Concert will feature outstanding young music students, along with John T. Crisp, Jr’s “CHAHRM The Band” with Ada Lou, Plus a Special Guest Artist from Springfield, IL. The concert is free to the public. It is supported primarily by sponsors, patrons and ads. A free will offering will be accepted. Contributions are tax deductible.
Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc. was founded in 1976 by Springfield music teacher and humanitarian, the late Jessie Mae Finley. Mrs. Finley inspired the musical development of hundreds of students through an illustrious career in the Springfield area. In honor of her extraordinary contributions in the field of music, scholarships and incentive awards are presented to talented young music students at the concert.
The primary goal of Voices of Love, Joy & Peace, Inc, is the promotion of music, serious young musicians and music education.


Girl Scouts Troop Announces Love UR World Summit

Tuesday, October 13th 2015 - 12:00 am

Girl Scouts Troop Announces Love UR World Summit

Springfield Girls to Host Family-Friendly Environmental Summit this October

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Troop #6195 will be hosting an environmental summit in conjunction with the Sangamon Valley Group of the Sierra Club on Tuesday, October 13, beginning at 4:30 PM at Southwind Park, 4965 S 2nd St. This family-friendly event is open to the community and will have hands-on activities for children of all ages.

Communities across the country will gather this October in anticipation of the Paris climate talks happening from November 30 – December 11, 2015. This event hopes to extend the awareness of these environmental issues into Central Illinois.

According to Co-Leader Jenica Hopkins, “The troop wanted to bring the conversation home to Springfield in a way that engaged children and inspire others to care for the planet.”

The Love Your World Summit will have over ten activities to help residents and children learn how to care and protect the planet. From planting butterfly gardens, learning how to band hummingbirds, urban fishing, water conservation, and harnessing solar energy, the event will be fun for both children and adults. More than 10 organizations have signed up to table with opportunities to learn about air and water pollution, butterflies and recycled art projects, sustainable agriculture and city planning for kids.

“We are fortunate to have the support of our community and want to give back in a meaningful way,” said Hopkins. What better way to show our appreciation than by sharing our passion regarding being responsible stewards of earth’s resources.”

Troop 6195 has actively taken on the Girl Scout promise to preserve and protect earth’s resources. To learn more about this exciting event, or ways in which you can get involved, contact Elizabeth Scrafford at 208-818-4626 or Jenica Hopkins at 217-299-8630.


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

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 12:00 am

WE-CI; Women Entrepreneurs of Central Illinois will hold our monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 14th , 2015; from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Sangamo Club, 227 East Adams, Springfield, Ill 62701.


Topic: Address by Ms. Andria Winters, Assistant Director DCEO, for Governor Rauner’s Administration: A new direction for the Ill. Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. This is our chance to hear directly from the governor’s administration, present our organization, and ask questions.

The costs for the meeting are $15 for members, $10 for guests, and $20 for walk-ins. Reservations are non-refundable. Please make your reservations by noon on Friday, October 9th. Please visit our website <> to RSVP and for payment by credit card.

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

Sara L. Lieber, Publicity Chair for Classic Media 217-787-5866


Cancer Awareness Night

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 12:00 am



Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Engrained Brewing Company

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Engrained Brewing Company
1120 Lincolnshire Blvd

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Springfield and the surrounding area. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.
Mark your calendar! For more information visit or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563,



Glow in the Dark Rock’in Nite Maze

Friday, October 16th 2015 - 12:00 am




Friday, October 16th 2015 - 12:00 am


Clear the Shelters is an event to help area animal shelters find loving, forever homes for adoptable animals. The initiative began with NBC owned and operated stations a few years ago. Many shelters were in need of finding lovable homes for adoptable animals. Thanks to this initiative and collaboration with NBC owned and operated stations throughout the country and local shelters in their area over 20,000 animals were adopted on August 15, 2015.

WAND, your local NBC affiliate, has joined in the Clear the Shelters event. On Friday, October 16, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm, WAND Anchor Dawn Sterling will be hosting a one hour Clear the Shelters special. There are thousands of animals that need adopting that are in Central Illinois animal shelters. During this special, WAND will take a look at different breeds, what breed might fit your needs, participating shelter information and much more. During this special, a half hour NBC Clear the Shelters program will air. We hope to bring awareness to the needs of area shelters – the adoption processes, adoptable animals, shelter needs, etc.

On Saturday, October 17th, participating shelters will be open for people wishing to adopt a pet, who have already been through the adoption process and are there to pick up their new family member, and to get people to see how the shelters operate and what animals are available for adoption. Some will have special hours October 17th, so please check with them.

Here is a list of participating shelters and their contact information.

Champaign County Humane Society 217-344-7297

Coles County Animal Shelter CARE Center


Effingham County Humane Society


Homeward Bound Pet Shelter


Humane Society of Decatur and Macon Co. 217-876-0000

Illinois Humane Society of Springfield 217-698-3804

Macon County Animal Control and Care Center 217-425-4508

Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Jacksonville

Facebook: Paws Jackson



Explore a Moonlight Garden

Saturday, October 17th 2015 - 12:00 am


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Hillsboro to Host European-Style Market

Saturday, October 17th 2015 - 12:00 am

Imagine spending the day at a European-style street market just an hour away from Springfield. Imagine Hillsboro invites everyone to Hillsboro’s historic Courthouse Square and Main Street on Saturday, October 17th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the inaugural Hillsboro Harvest European Market. Part farmers’ market, part arts and crafts fair, the Market will also offer food, drink, music, and dance performances, including a “zombie” dance. There will be children’s activities as well, including a pumpkin painting contest, games, and face painting.

Marketgoers will be able to buy locally produced meats, honey, and other farm-fresh items. Other local products include wine, fresh-roasted coffee, handcrafted chocolates, and pepper jellies. Gianni’s Italian Market, soon to open on Main Street, will make its debut with Italian specialties such as breads, olives, cheeses, and olive oil.

Artists and crafters will offer a wide variety of items ranging from handmade and repurposed furniture to miniature fairy gardens, unique apparel, jewelry, home décor, soaps and lotions, and more.

Imagine Hillsboro, the Market organizer, is a grassroots volunteer organization formed through the MAPPING the Future of Your Community program of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. The “Imagineers” have teamed up to pursue a set of goals designed to revitalize Hillsboro’s economy and community spirit. Since its formation earlier this year, Imagine Hillsboro teams have presented a cardboard boat regatta, completed several beautification and improvement projects, and launched projects in the areas of technology, education, and housing.

Admission to the Hillsboro Harvest European Market is free for everyone. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at .

Benefit for Lana Benedict

Saturday, October 17th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Chatham American Legion Post 759
206 W. Chestnut St.

Lana and John Benedict have been very active in church and the American Legion Post 759 and now Lana needs our help.  She  had to have a 5 bypass surgery and expenses are mounting.

Food and silent auction.


We are a group of veterans and friends of John and Lana and they need your help. John is a veteran and member of the American Legion and Lana is now the president of the American Legion Post Auxiliary. Lana is also past president of the Kiwanis and a member of the Sweet Adeline’s, works at her church and volunteers at the library. They have 5 grown children who they guided them though their formative years and paid for their education and who now live in all parts of the United States including the southeast, southwest, northwest and central areas. Over a 10 year period, they have guided and cared for 35 foster children.

Lana also has her own catering business; John is retired but still working hard at home, Legion, the Cherry Hill Baptist Church and many other activities. Both she and John have worked, organized and ran many fundraisers for various military and non-military causes and for many groups, organizations and their own Cherry Hill Baptist Church. They both have work at a third world Baptist Church mission. Now they themselves need our and your assistance.

Lana, unexpectedly had to have a 5 bypass surgery. It was a slow recovery but she did get discharged to go home. This did not last long until complications started and to summarize, she was admitted and discharged 5 times from the hospital for various reasons, test, and procedures. It was touch and go for a while. Her last stay ran for several months until she was finally discharged to a heath care rehab facility with a severe infection and in need of a lot of physical therapy. This is now where Lana is trying diligently to do her therapy to again go home. John has stayed by her side this entire time.

As we all know, this treatment is long, very long, and slow going, bills keep mounting. With most of their kids living far away with families of their own to support, they try to be with her and John when they can, but it is difficult. In the meantime, normal bills and medical bills keep piling up adding to the stress which can also affect the healing process. They worked so hard for others and now they need help to stay financially afloat.

Please consider helping a veteran and his wife, a couple with good family values, a very loving and charitable couple who now need help themselves. Any and all monetary assistance is needed. If you cannot help monetarily, help with a prayer and encouraging words.

Thanks to all in advance, Veterans and Friends of John and Lana.


Pilgrimage to the tomb of Lafore Lock

Sunday, October 18th 2015 - 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument

Pilgrimage to the tomb of Lafore Lock. Will meet at the Memorials and walk (approximately 2 blocks) to the namesake of VFW Post 755. Driving is permitted but please allow that for those that can’t walk as parking is limited.  Bring poppies or violas too.

Planning for this event will lead up to the 100th anniversary of his death in 2018. His great nephew and post member, Dave Lock, will be at this event.

2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

Employment Open House at SIU School of Medicine

Tuesday, October 20th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is hosting a fall employment open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20. The event will take place at the Office of Human Resources, 327 W. Calhoun Ave., Springfield. Parking is available on the street, in the lot next to the building and in the lot across the street.

Representatives from clinical and non-clinical departments will be present to discuss current employment opportunities in administration, finance, information technology, medical assisting, medical insurance, office support, nursing, reimbursement coding and more. Benefits and employment counselors from the Office of Human Resources will also be available.

Prospective employees can get a jump start on the application process by reviewing posted vacancies and completing the required online application at the School’s job website,

For more information, visit SIU’s Human Resources at 327 W. Calhoun or call 217-545-0223 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pups and Pints, a Howl’ween Yappy Hour for Illinois Humane

Wednesday, October 21st 2015 - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Who doesn’t wish they could take their dog out with them to socialize at night? Now you can!

Join us for Pups & Pints on October 21st. This Halloween inspired Yappy Hour is bound to bring smiles and laughter to your day. Partake in some of the delicious offerings Obed & Isaac’s has to offer knowing 10% of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit sick, abused, abandoned, or neglected animals.

Costumes are optional, but encouraged. We will have a costume competition for the dogs at 7:00 where the top placers will win a prize!

We will also have doggie cocktails available for your pup!

You might also want to check out the 50/50 raffle, the silent auction, and the raffle prizes. The silent auction and raffle will close at 8:30. There 50/50 drawings will be at 6:30 and 8:30.

Start or finish your evening with a smooch from one of our accomplished kissing booth pups!


Haunted Corn Tour

Friday, October 23rd 2015 - 12:00 am


Trick or Treat Event

Friday, October 23rd 2015 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In cooperation with its Springfield partners, the Lincoln Home Employee Association will host a free “Trick-or-Treat” event for children 12 years old and under.

This year’s “Trick or Treat” event will feature a variety of activities including:

• candy stops at several historic houses throughout the festively decorated Lincoln-era neighborhood (the houses will not be open for tours),
• volunteers in period clothing,
• a campfire re-enactment with the 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War,
• Several cars from the Cool Cruisers Car Club (weather permitting), and
• canned food items will be collected to help families in need throughout Springfield

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