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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


Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery
11 W Old State Capitol Plaza

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,


Waverly Annual Car Show

Saturday, July 18th 2015 - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Waverly Annual Car Show is held in our 6 acre shaded Salter Park – Waverly’s town square.  There are 37 classifications which include cars (stock and modified), trucks, motorcycles, and jeeps.  Waverly is located at the crossroads of Highways 104 and 111.  All are welcome.

Cornhole (Bag) Tournament

Saturday, July 18th 2015 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Rumors
201 Main Street

Sign Up: 11:00- 12:30 Tournament starts 1:00 or soon after. Bring your own partner/double elimination

$15.00 entry fee per person $1,000 PAY OUT! To the top 4 teams

Darrell (Butch) Garrison was hit with a brick on May 24th 2015; that brick was Stage 4 Colon Cancer. He will undergo chemo the rest of his life. We are organizing this tournament to help raise money for his medical expenses.

We will have 50/50 tickets, Bubs/Cards bags set $10.00 each or 3 for $20.00 and also an appliance raffle.

Please join us for this great cause!!


Cheeseburgers in Purr-adise

Saturday, July 18th 2015 - 3:00 pm - 1:00 am

Fundraiser to benefit the Forever Home Feline Ranch.  $15.00 admission includes food, music and raffle prizes.  Mike Miller & Dyke Corson of the Boat Drunks are playing from 4-7 and DJ #hashtag spinning tunes from 9p-1am.  Food provided by the Horseshoe Hut.


For more information contact us at



Sunday, July 19th 2015 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm



CONTACT: LISA HUGHES @217-529-0530

On Sunday July 19th, 2015 the Wayne Hughes Gift of Life Benefit will be held at the Disabled American Veteran’s Club, 25 Club Area, from Noon until 6:00 p.m. Admission will be $10 for adults & $5 for children 6 & under. Food & entertainment will be provided. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, 50/50 drawing and cash bar. Entertainment will be donated by Next of Kin.

Wayne Hughes has been battling multiple cancers since 2011. After several surgeries, he began chemo & radiation treatment in January 2015.

Proceeds from this gift of life benefit will go towards medical expenses incurred.

A bank account has been established at Marine Bank. Checks may be made out to Wayne Hughes Gift of Life Benefit. They may be sent to Marine Bank at 3001 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62703 Attn. Ella

For more information contact Lisa Hughes @217-529-0530.


2015 Historic Woodlawn Farm Underground Railroad Raffle

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 12:00 am

Tickets available at County Market in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce or the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

8 Chances to win! Drawing July 25th at 1pm downtown on the square

tickets are $20 each

For more info call Art at 299-6017


Sangamon Valley Iris Society – Iris Sale 2015

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 12:00 am

News from the Washington Park Botanical Garden!

Who: Washington Park Botanical Garden

When: Saturday, July 25, 2015


Where: Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall

1740 West Fayette Avenue

Springfield, Illinois 62704

Cost: Free Admission

The Washington Park Botanical Garden welcomes back the Sangamon Valley Iris Society for their annual Iris Sale. Come to the Garden Exhibit Hall and purchase beautiful varieties of iris at bargain prices! Members of the Sangamon Valley Iris Society will be on hand to answer all of your iris questions and/or concerns.


Miracle Treat Day

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 12:00 am

Thursday, July 30th is DQ® Miracle Treat Day

Blizzard® Treat sales to benefit local kids in need

Oreo®and ROLO® Minis will be among the Blizzard® Treats served at participating Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations nationwide on Miracle Treat Day to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. During the 10th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 30th, one dollar or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. All of the funds raised stay in local communities. For more information, visit



Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 12:00 am


Trinity Lutheran Church and School is hosting its 3rd Annual Community Free Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.

– 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield.

The community is invited to attend the giveaway to help refresh their wardrobes at no cost. Items include men’s, women’s and chldren’s clothing and accessories. Casual and work attire will be available in a variety of sizes.

More than 400 people in he Springfield community have been helped by Trinity’s clothing giveaway in the last two years. All clothing, shoes and accessories are donated by Trinity members and friends.

For more information, call 787-2323 or visit Trinity’s website at or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @TrinitySpfldIL.


Laketown Ministries Resale Shop Host Back to School Special Sale

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 12:00 am

-Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away starting at 10:00 a.m. until they are gone.

-There will be a drawing for 20 free bicycles at 11:30 a.m. Must be present to win.

-All Kid’s Clothes will be on sale for $2.00 each on Saturday, August 8, only.

Our store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 til 5:00

The resale store is located at 2617 Stevenson Drive


Spay-ghetti & No Balls Dinner

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fundraiser to benefit Forever Home Feline Ranch.

Tickets:  Adults $8 and kids 12 & under $3

Dine in or take out

Price includes Spaghetti (regular or vegetarian), salad, bread, beverage and dessert.


50/50, raffle baskets and a fun time.

for more information: or


47th Annual Greenview Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 12:00 am



Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 12:00 am

Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk @ 9:00 AM

Washington Park: Picnic Pavilion

Memorial Transplant Services holds the annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds to benefit our Transplant Patient Assistance Fund. The Transplant Patient Assistance Fund assists patients with:

•             Transportation expenses involved with doctor visits

•             Lodging needs for patients and their family members during pre-transplant workup, the period immediately following transplant surgery and during periods of treatment for rejection

•             Prescription medication costs and/or co-pays

•             Funding for other emergent transplant-related issues

Registration Fee $25 per adult*; $15 per child 12 & under* *Registration increases by $5 per person the day of the event.

Visit to register, or call (217)757-7835



Memorial SportsCare Biathlon

Sunday, September 20th 2015 - 12:00 am

The Memorial SportsCare Women’s Biathlon is a non-competitive event organized for women to encourage healthy living. SportsCare’s annual women’s biathlon is a USAT-sanctioned event and held annually in September.

The biathlon includes 12 miles of biking on gently rolling hills followed by 3.1 miles (5K) of mostly flat-course running.

Visit for complete details and to register.

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Memorial SportsCare, 4550 W. Iles Ave., Springfield


APL Chili supper

Sunday, October 25th 2015 - 12:00 am

APL Chili supper set for October 25

SPRINGFIELD – The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar on Sunday, October 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2200 Meadowbrook Road, in Springfield. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 per person and include a choice of chili with or without meat, vegetable soup, a hot dog, dessert and drink. Participants may eat-in or carryout.

The annual Paw Paw Patch Bazaar will offer baked goods and many unique and seasonal craft items. APL clothing will be for sale and the organization will also be taking orders for Christmas greenery, which are sold each year to support APL and its programs. All proceeds from the annual chili supper and bazaar benefit APL homeless cats and dogs.

Do you love to bake or enjoy making crafts? APL is seeking donations of both baked goods for the bake sale and craft items for the bazaar. Donations may be dropped at the shelter on Friday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please note the shelter office is closed from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Items may also be dropped off Saturday, October 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Meadowbrook Rd. from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 25 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

APL’s shelter at 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. For additional information on adoptions, volunteering or making a donation, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at


26th annual Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 12:00 am

26th annual Festival of Trees – November 21-29, 2015

A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity by designers; a centerpiece and gingerbread structure silent auction; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves’ Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community

More info HERE


APL’s Tree of Lights Open House set for 12/12

Saturday, December 12th 2015 - 12:00 am

APL’s Tree of Lights Open House set for 12/12

The Animal Protective League (APL) invites the public to honor a loved one, animal or human, with a memorial light on APL’s annual Tree of Lights. For each $5 tax-deductible donation to APL designated for the Tree of Lights, a small, white light will be placed on an evergreen on APL’s grounds. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization’s sick, injured, abused or abandoned cats and dogs.

APL will then host its annual Tree of Lights open house on Saturday, December 12 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at its shelter at 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield. Individuals are invited to enjoy refreshments, tour APL facilities and meet adoptable cats and dogs. The official tree lighting will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Tree of Lights messages may be submitted through December 31 and will be published on a special page on APL’s web site and in a display during the open house. The form to make a Tree of Lights gift is available online at or at APL’s Springfield shelter.

APL’s shelter is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. The organization also coordinates cruelty investigations, humane education programs and operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter.

For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at

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