Community Calendar



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



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.


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:


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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