Community Calendar


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


Lights for Angels

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 - 12:00 am

Lights for Angels

Clint and Deanna Clark invite the public to drive by their home at 23170 St Ann Drive in Athens to view the beautiful light display. This is located in the Villa Maria subdivision and can be found by taking Jackson Street and going west about 1 mile. Clint has been collecting lights for a long time and has decided to share his collection. They are also going to have a box, located on their front porch, for anyone to drop off toys for the Toys for Angels drive. The Athens Lions Club would like to thank them for this location and their willingness to help the community. The hours for the display are Sun-Thurs 5:30pm to 9pm and Fri-Sat 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Please drive by and enjoy the light show and drop a toy for the Toys for Angels. Thanks to Clint and Deanna for sharing in the Holiday Spirit.


Looking for a simple, yet delicious gift for the holidays?

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 12:00 am

Looking for a simple, yet delicious gift for the holidays?

SPRINGFIELD, ILL– Downtown Springfield’s award-winning cafe, Cafe Moxo, now has gift cards available. Denominations $10 and greater, and just like fruit cake, never expire.

Available for purchase in-store only.



Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 12:00 am

Starting now, individuals, families and small businesses in Illinois can sign up for quality health coverage through the second Open Enrollment Period of Get Covered Illinois, which will last from November 15-February 15. By visiting the Marketplace through, you can get to the right place to shop and compare all of the health insurance plans offered in Illinois.

You are invited to an enrollment event with the Family Guidance Center at the Chatham Public Library, 600 East Spruce Street to learn more about Get Covered Illinois and the new choices that are available in Year Two. We’ll be covering topics including what will be offered, how to get coverage, plan costs and financial help, Medicaid and more. We also accept walk-ins and appoints at our office. We are located at 120 North 11th Street, Springfield, IL and our number is (217)544-9859 ext.116


When: December 20, 2014 from 10am to 2pm

Where: Chatham Public Library, 600 East Spruce Street, Chatham, IL

Who: Family Guidance Centers

Visit to learn more.



Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 12:00 am

The Springfield YMCA is hosting Holiday Day Camps and other specialty
camps and classes during the District 186 winter school break. The Y is offering full-day
camps on December 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 and 31 and January 2 and 5 for children in grades
kindergarten through 6th. Youth holiday camps are a great mix of play, sport, fitness and fun.
Kids play games and sports in the Downtown Youth Center, create art projects, swim, and
much more. All camps are adult supervised. Kids bring a sack lunch, snack and swim wear.
In addition to Holiday Day Camps, the Y is also offering specialty classes and camps including
Kickball and Wiffleball, Teen Weight Training, Christmas Countdown and Arrrh Matey-Pirate
Fun at the Downtown location. The Kerasotes location will host Gingerbread House Make and
Take, New Year’s Eve Party and Youth Sports Conditioning. The is a fun camp for kids ages 3-
For information on all holiday break offerings, please visit Parents may
register in person or online at either facility.
The Y is a leading voice in keeping kids healthy and preventing childhood obesity in
Springfield. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through
youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage
21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture
the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide
opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000
communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to
promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.


Candlelight service Christmas Eve at Riverton First Baptist Church

Wednesday, December 24th 2014 - 12:00 am

Riverton First Baptist Church will hold a candlelight service Christmas Eve, beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located at 975 Riverton Road, across from the Field of Dreams.


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


Zoo to ring in the new year with “Noon Year’s Eve”

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - 12:00 am



Women’s Personal Defense Seminar

Saturday, January 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am

Women’s Personal Defense Seminar – Saturday, January 3, 2015 10:30AM & 1:30PM

Professor Mark Commean has been training the art of Gracie Jujitsu since 2001. He is the Head Instructor and owner of Gracie Humaita. Professor Commean received his black belt under the legendary Royler Gracie. Professor Commean placed 2nd in the WORLD in the IBJJF World Championships in 2012. In this one hour course the following will be covered:

-The most common places to be attacked
-The importance of being aware of your surroundings
-The importance of confident eye contact and projecting your voice
-What to do when you are attacked
-Address false myths that other will tell you


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.


Family Day: Pajama Jam Drive-In Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 12:00 am

Family Day: Pajama Jam Drive-In
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library – FREE EVENT
January 10, 2015
1:30 – 4pm
Come watch the “Cars” movie on the big screen at our indoor “drive-in” theater. “Parking spaces” available, so make your own box car or bring your favorite picnic blanket. Activities include a story with Lincoln, crafts, snack and drive-in movie.

Phone 217-558-8934


Trivia Night

Saturday, January 24th 2015 - 12:00 am



Profession of Leadership Foundation to Honor Extraordinary Judges and Lawyers

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 12:00 am

Profession of Leadership Foundation to Honor
Extraordinary Judges and Lawyers January 13 in Springfield

Eighteen extraordinary Illinois judges and lawyers who have practiced law for at least 50 years will be honored by the Profession of Leadership Foundation at a dinner on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Guest speakers are Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, and lawyer James M. Lestikow, of Springfield, President of the Illinois Bar Foundation. The Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, distributes funding to nonprofit organizations whose mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system for those with limited means.

The fundraiser is being organized by the Sangamon County Bar Association, Government Bar Association, Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association, Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Court, Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Individual tickets are $50 or a table of eight is $600. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Ascher at (217) 544-1144 or The Illinois Bar Foundation is headquartered at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL 60603. Information also is available at

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