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Illinois special health care enrollment period deadline on April 30th

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 12:00 am

Illinois special health care enrollment period deadline on April 30th
Get Connected to a Health Coverage Agent or Broker. Tax Season Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaching

For Illinois residents who did not sign up for health coverage in 2014 there is a tax season special enrollment period to sign up through Get Covered Illinois.

Individuals can receive in-person help from a Get Covered Illinois Certified Agent or Broker before the April 30 sign up deadline. Listeners can go to for more details.


SIU Med School Invites Health Care Providers to Wound Symposium

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 12:00 am

An educational seminar on wound care will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Memorial’s Center for Learning and Innovation, Springfield. The event is sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Plastic Surgery Institute, Memorial Wound Healing Center and Memorial Medical Center.

The seminar will focus on wound care and prevention as it relates to the wound patient, with a focus on diabetes from the perspective of a nurse educator, dietitian, vascular surgeon and podiatrist. Topics include peripheral vascular disease, medical and nursing care of diabetic foot problems, the psychological impact of chronic wounds and nutrition therapy as it relates to wound care and prevention. Speakers include: Nicole Waters, associate professor in the bachelor of nursing program at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta; Mary Marian, assistant professor and diabetes program director at the University of Arizona; Dr. James Pan, assistant professor of vascular surgery at SIU School of Medicine; and Dr. John Shoudel, podiatrist and clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at SIU School of Medicine. Course director Dr. Michael W. Neumeister is professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and the Institute for Plastic Surgery and the Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair.

The daylong conference is open to any health care providers interested in wound care. This includes nurses, physicians, dietitians, clinical nurse specialists, nursing home administrators and professionals, home health staff, social workers and licensed professional counselors, occupational therapists and physical therapists.  Wound care equipment and product exhibitors will be on site. Both a continental breakfast and hot lunch will be served. The cost is $100 for 6.0 contact hours, two meals and all materials. A discount of $10 is available for those who register prior to April 1, 2015. To register online or for more information, visit []



Saturday, May 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am



WHAT: The 2015 Springfield Heart & Stroke Walk is a family-friendly fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Participants build teams of walkers who raise funds on behalf of their workplace or a loved one who suffered from heart disease or the effects of a stroke. The Executive Leadership Team has a goal of raising $100,000 for the American Heart Association; walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt and are eligible for other prizes.

At the walk, participants can enjoy kids’ activities, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, and heart-healthy snacks. The American Heart Association will recognize heart disease and stroke survivors, and walkers can make tributes to loved ones.

Participants can enjoy a 1 or 3 mile walk around Southwind Park’s beautiful walk path. A tram is provided for heart disease and stroke survivors unable to walk the path.

The 2015 Springfield Heart & Stroke Walk is locally sponsored by Memorial Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, and is chaired by Mitch Rogers, Cardiovascular Service Line Leader at Memorial Health System.

WHEN: Saturday, May 2

8 a.m. – Registration opens, activity booths are open

8:30 a.m. – Stage program and fitness warm-up

9 a.m. – Walk steps off

WHERE: Hope’s Pavilion at Southwind Park

4965 S. 2nd Street, Springfield

PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPP: Media can speak with event chair Mitch Rogers of Memorial Medical Center, X from Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL and local survivors. To set up an interview ahead of the walk, please contact Carrie Skogsberg at 815-988-6118 or email

TO REGISTER: Log on to to start a team or to join an existing team. Interested walkers can also call the Springfield AHA office for assistance at 217-698-3838. For sponsorship or to start a company team, please call Karen Gedrose at 217-899-6985 or email



Lincoln Funeral Car

Saturday, May 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am

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“Step aboard and step back in time to 1865 when you join Historic Railroad Equipment Association for an exclusive premiere of the Lincoln Funeral Car in Springfield! Saturday evening, May 2 at the Crowne Plaza, see artifacts from President Lincoln’s funeral train as you file past a replica of his coffin and pay your respects at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are just $75 and include dinner, period music, a display of Civil War-era dresses, a presentation about this amazing tribute to Abraham Lincoln and,  of course, a tour of the Lincoln Funeral Car. Proceeds will help launch the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train’s national tour; get your tickets today at


Be the Match

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am




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.


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.


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



Stroller Derby

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 12:00 am



Get more info or register HERE

Help The Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield

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.


Christmas In July Carnival for the APL

Saturday, July 11th 2015 - 12:00 am

Carnival style games, pictures with Santa, raffle, dunk tank, etc

Sheltor tours and special Christmas gift bags for each animal adopted that day!


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


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


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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