Community Calendar


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!



Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 12:00 am

Out exploring Route 66 in Illinois? Take a selfie! Be creative and capture yourself and friends at Illinois Route 66 landmarks or even more out-of-the-way harder to find sites along the road. Take your “selfie” and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66.

Each month, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will select three photos to be highlighted on their social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes/comments/shares will win an Illinois Route 66 license plate and baseball hat! But it gets better…once per year, the Byway will let voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares will win the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!

“This is a fun way to engage our travelers along Illinois Route 66 and to see how innovative they get with the pictures they come up with,” said Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. “Ultimately the goal is to have folks spend more time at our attractions and along the road and this becomes an interactive way of doing so.” Kelly added that the contest, which is now officially underway, will be an ongoing campaign with no official expiration date, and that it is important that the Byway is able to verify from the photo that it was taken along Illinois Route 66. Entries can be submitted on or any of the Byway’s social media platforms.

Open to US residents ages 18+. For more information, contact the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway at 217-525-9308 or visit &


Sangamon Reclaimed

Monday, May 11th 2015 - 12:00 am


Local barn salvage and furniture company Sangamon Reclaimed (2710 S. 13th St, Springfield), recently partnered with Land of Lincoln Honor Flight here in Springfield, IL, to help support their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. Sangamon Reclaimed is owned and operated by local veterans. We wanted a way to give back, to those veterans to whom we owe so much.

“It is an honor for us to partner with the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. We believe strongly in giving back to those men and women who served and sacrificed so much for our country. That is why we decided to reach out to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Over the next month a portion of each of our barn wood American flag sales will directly contribute to sending some of our nation’s heroes to Washington D.C. Our flags are hand made entirely of reclaimed barn wood have been very popular, especially with military veterans. Our team at Sangamon Reclaimed is excited to contribute to this worthy cause” – Brian Frieze, owner.

The Honor Flight program is a nation-wide network dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice. Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, Inc. is an established non-profit hub of the Honor Flight Network. All expenses for this one day trip are the sole responsibility of the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight including the flight, ground transportation, meals/snack, and beverages. The trip is provided absolutely free of charge to the veterans; they cannot spend their own money. Trained volunteer guardians will provide assistance and accompany our veterans on their flight. Top priority on every flight is given to any veteran who has a terminal illness.

Sangamon Reclaimed is asking their customers to “help us give back”. Each sale of a flag during the month of May, and the first two weeks of June, will result in a portion of that sale being donated to the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to help fund their next flight, June 16.

Sangamon Reclaimed is a family owned small business. All of the wood we use has been reclaimed from barns across the Midwest. Our craftsmen consist of local Firefighters and Veterans who meticulously dismantle these barns, which have stood as a sign of progress and livelihood for families in rural America for over 100 years. At Sangamon Reclaimed, we believe in honoring our past and preserving it for future generations to come.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brian Frieze at 217.891.3030 or email at


Theatre in the Park, in Collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College, present Shakespeare’s “TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA”

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 12:00 am

Theatre in the Park, in Kelso Hollow, at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic In collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College, present one of Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedies, Two Gentleman of Verona, May 29, 30, 31, June 4, 5, 6, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. and directed by Mark Hardiman.

The play explores the pursuit of love and how ridiculous four young lovers may behave on their varied journeys to true love. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is often viewed as one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. It deals with love and rivalry and includes some of the Bard’s most memorable foolish-servants and sassy young women. The style of the play is gloriously over-the-top with bigger than life characters. Our production will be done in the style of commedia dell’arte. It is from commedia that we acquired the term “slapstick” which is a board to make loud “crack” when a clown strikes another in this broadly physical style of comedy. In all the production will be bold with slapsticking, swashbuckling swordplay and hilarious bumps and pratfalls.


Director Mark Hardiman is a professor of theatre at Lincoln Land Community College where he directed numerous productions and teaches acting, directing, intro to theatre, improvisation and stage combat. Mark has worked professionally as an actor, director and fight choreographer for over two decades, including work at San Diego Repertory Theatre, the Bowery Theatre in California. In Chicago he has worked at City Lit Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. He was founder and producing artistic director for Talisman Theater which performed in Chicagoland for fifteen years. Some Talisman productions under his direction include, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night.


Hardiman says, “This broadly comic rendition, is intended to make Shakespeare accessible and fun. Think Charlie Chaplin, and Three Stooges meet Shakespeare.”


Theatre in the Park will host its pre-shows, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. The pre-shows will feature :

Friday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. – Fealty / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman

Sunday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. – Linda Schneider / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman

Sunday, May 31, 7:00 p.m. – TBA / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. – Lowder & Manning / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman

Friday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. – Wildwood Strings / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman

Saturday, June 6, 7:00 p.m. – Donn Stephens & Kayla Primm / 7:20 p.m. director Mark Hardiman


Tickets are available by calling 217-632-5440, Wednesdays through Fridays, Noon – 5:00 p.m. or Noon -8:00 p.m. on show nights. Tickets are now available on line at

For more information, please contact TIP’s Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-241-3241, or


A Spirited Stroll Into the Past

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 12:00 am



Knight’s Action Park will celebrate an impressive 85th birthday with Sir George’s Day

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 12:00 am

WHO: Knight’s Action Park will celebrate an impressive 85th birthday with Sir George’s Day and the official opening of the 2015 season. For 85 years, Knight’s Action Park has made fun their focus. This family owned and operated attraction is one of a kind. No other venue combines the excitement of a wet and wild Splash Kingdom with the adventure of an Action Park and Route 66 Twin Drive-in. Knight’s Action Park – #WHEREFUNRULES
WHAT: Sir George and his friends will be there to join in the festivities. Don’t miss the thrilling Bermuda Triangle; test your courage on the exciting Devil Ray; and relax in the Wild River. Bring your entire family for a day of laughter, jubilee and water-filled fun. The first 100 visitors will get a FREE Knight’s Action Park goodie bag. One lucky attendee will get an added bonus in his or her goodie bag; an admission coupon for a family of four to use towards their next visit.

WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 2015

Opening Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Regular Park Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


WHERE: Knight’s Action Park

1700 Recreation Drive

Springfield, IL  62711

(217) 546-8881


The inaugural Run for Their Lives 5K

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 12:00 am

Local 5K race to benefit Springfield’s life affirming organization.

The inaugural Run for Their Lives 5K will take place at Washington Park at 10:00am on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

The Run for Their Lives 5K fun-run is benefiting the Springfield Right to Life organization. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and this event will support their Public Outreach and Educational Programs in the community. Immediately following the run/walk; there will be a fun, family friendly, picnic event at the south pavilion with balloon animals, live music and more!

The course is a fast, mostly flat course and is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned runners! Participants will run on paved asphalt roads in Washington Park.

Online registration is available at until May 22, 2015.

Questions should be directed to the race director at


9th annual Patrick Sheehan Golf Outing

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 10:00 am



Blood Drive @ Clearlake Starbucks

Saturday, May 23rd 2015 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Starbucks
3200 E Clearlake Ave.

On May 23 my store is hosting a Blood Drive from 10a.m. to 12p.m. Donors will be offered a free tall cup of coffee or a free tall iced tea for donating.


Land of Lincoln Water Gardening and Koi Society will hold its monthly meeting

Thursday, May 28th 2015 - 12:00 am

The Land of Lincoln Water Gardening and Koi Society will hold its monthly meeting on May 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Douglas Avenue Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Ave., Springfield, IL. This month’s topic is “Art in the Garden” presented by Jeff Garland, Professor of Art at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Professor Garland will show examples of how art can impact the landscape environment. Visitors are welcome.



Friday, May 29th 2015 - 12:00 am


Bring your tent and stay the night for an evening packed with fun and activities at the Henson Robinson Zoo’s Family Camp Outs. The zoo will be offering camp outs on May 29th and July 17th. Each camp out will include a camping area, dinner, activities, night hike and breakfast the following morning.

The family camp outs will each have a theme which the activities will center around. The theme for the May 29th camp out will be dinosaurs and families will learn all about these ancient animals by visiting stations around the zoo. On July 17th the camp out will be a mystery during which families will use their sleuthing skills to solve the mystery of the zoo prankster.

Costs are $18 per adult and $13 per child for Springfield Park District residents and zoo members. Non-resident rates are $20.50 per adult and $15.50 per child. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the zoo at (217)585-1821 for more information or to make a reservation.


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


Cass County Truck and Tractor Pull

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 12:00 am




Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 12:00 am

Ask anyone in the world to name the original and most famous monster truck and they will say: BIGFOOT! This year BIGFOOT turns the BIG 4-0 and YOU and your family and friends ARE INVITED to celebrate BIGFOOT’S 40th BIRTHDAY with a bash on Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

More than just a bash, it will be a SMASH as not one, not two, but THREE BIGFOOT’s demolish cars right before your eyes and battle each other in an incredible thrill show! Joining the car-crushing, axle-wrenching, high-flying competition will be BIGFOOT friends RAMINATOR and RAMMUNITION. Prepare to be amazed as FIVE 10,000 pound, high-powered monsters ROAR into action with side-by-side drag racing, gigantic jumps, wheelies, donuts, high-flying long jumps, and off-the-charts FREESTYLES! Plus, meet drivers and get up close to their monsters at a FREE Pit Party before the show. Please, accept our invitation and GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

For this Birthday Bash… the BEST Monsters in the WORLD join the party!
Lucas Oil BIGFOOT….the ORIGINAL Monster Truck
Retro BIGFOOT…..paying tribute to 40 years on a New Chassis
Anniversary BIGFOOT….Write Happy Birthday on this Chalkboard BIGFOOT
RAMINATOR….The World’s Fastest Monster Truck
Rammunition…firing away with a powerful HEMI


​​ FREE PIT PARTY: Come early, meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos of the drivers and their Monsters. Pit Passes are FREE when accompanied by an event ticket. It will be like a true birthday party, games, friends and fun!

​​ MEGASAURUS … The Car Crushing, Fire Breathing Dinosaur! The Jurassic Age returns as this dino does some major devastation and destruction. This hungry 35,000 pound beast chomps cars and flings fire!

​​ TAKE A RIDE IN A MONSTER TRUCK… Take a ride on the wild side aboard a real Monster Truck! The Mighty Monster Ride Truck will give adults and kids alike the ride of a lifetime!

​​ WHEN:
Saturday, June 6th 2015………….7:00 pm
Sunday, June 7th 2015………….3:00 pm

GATES OPEN WITH PIT PARTY two hours prior to start of show – Pit Party is free, but must be accompanied by an event ticket

Illinois State Fairgrounds — Springfield, IL
801 Sangamon Ave, Springfield, IL 62702

Advance tickets are on sale now online at

Advance Tickets* Day of Show Tickets*
Adults: $15 Adults: $20
Children: $10 Children: $10

*All Tickets are General Admission *Children 2 years of age an under do not require a ticket but must sit on parents lap *Applicable fees may be applied

​​ SPONSORS: Lucas Oil, RAM Trucks

​​ INFO:
The latest information may be found at or by calling
(317) 236-6515. For facility information visit ​*​ Subject To Change ​*​


Superhero 5K and Fun Run

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 12:00 am



Benefit for Scott Keafer

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Scott suffered a knee injury while coaching football for youth in Riverton. Medical expenses and hospital expenses must be taken care of.

A benefit fund has been set up at Riverton Illinois National Bank.

  • Bake
  • Silent Auction
  • Kids activities and crafts
  • Gospel music
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Meet the Amazing Spiderman!

All proceeds go to the Scott Keafer Benefit Fund.


Riverton KC Council 3914 All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner

Sunday, June 7th 2015 - 12:00 am

The Riverton KC Council 3914 is having an All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner on Sunday, June 7, from 4-7 PM at the KC Hall

The cost is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for those 4-8 years old and 3 and under free.

Dinner includes pasta, salad, rolls, coffee, tea, lemonade. Desserts are extra.


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.

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