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Postings for February 26, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day CWLP Every Drop Counts Poster Contest   City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) is excited to offer its first water conservation poster contest, “Every Drop Counts.” First, second and third grade students in schools located within the City of Springfield are invited to submit entries through their teachers. Posters should demonstrate water conservation in action, highlighting the need for everyone to conserve. Winning posters will be utilized in conjunction with National Drinking Water Week in May to promote the importance of one of our most important natural resources. Teachers should encourage students to draw a picture that illustrates one important point. Students should use large lettering, few words, heavy lines and strong colors. First place winners from each grade level will be given a certificate for a pizza party for their entire classroom. Second and third place winners will receive special award ribbons. In addition, the first 150 students to enter the contest will each receive a complimentary drawstring bag labeled – “SAVE WATER, SAVE ENERGY.” Every student who creates a poster will receive a certificate of participation. The Official Stuff The contest is open to all City of Springfield public and private first, second or third graders. 1. All posters must be drawn horizontally (landscape) on 11” x 17” white poster paper. 2. Students may use crayon, watercolors, poster paint, markers, ink, cut paper, tissue paper or fabric. Please do not use materials that may smear, crack or chip. 3. Students must work on posters as individuals. Teamwork posters will not be accepted. 4. All entries must include an official completed entry form signed by a parent or guardian. The entry form must be attached to the back of the poster. 5. Only original artwork will be accepted. Computer-generated drawings will not be considered. Reproduction of popular cartoon characters or three-dimensional work will not be accepted. 6. Posters should not be folded when packaged. 7. All entries must be received no later than the contest deadline of March 1, 2013. Posters may be hand-delivered to CWLP at 1008 E. Miller St. [10th/Miller] or arrangements can be made for pick up. 8. Posters will not be returned; they become the property of CWLP. OFFICIAL RULES: The judging panel will consist of five members, a mixture of local artists, public administrators and professionals with background in water conservation, design and education. The posters will be evaluated on the following criteria: * Conservation Message [10 points] - Does the poster convey the theme’s message clearly and link to the water conservation subject? * Visual Effectiveness [10 points] – How does the poster relay the message and does it motivate you to take action? Will you remember the poster next year? Is it neat and creative? * Universal Appeal [10 points] – Regardless of age or education level, everyone should be able to understand the message. Does it appeal to the general population or a large audience? * Originality [10 points] – Artistic Expression. Poster Contest Schedule * Entries are due by March 1, 2013; * Judging will be completed by March 15, 2013; * Winners will be announced by April 1, 2013; *Posters will be displayed and utilized to promote the “National Drinking Water Week”, May 5-11, 2013; and * CWLP will feature the posters on their website throughout the year. Questions can be directed to Lin Goetz at 787-2070 ext. 2088, or email at
  All Day Feb 21 Accepting Teen Poetry/Art Submissions   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until March 1, 2013 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 15th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit or
  6:00PM 8:00PM HENSON ROBINSON ZOO HOSTS FROG WATCH USA TRAINING   The Henson Robinson Zoo is seeking volunteers to serve as knowledgeable and responsible wetland and amphibian stewards through the zoo’s Frog Watch USA chapter. FrogWatch USA, which is owned and managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is a long term frog and toad monitoring program. The collected data is essential in describing local species diversity, range, seasonal timing and shifts in species diversity. Volunteers will help conserve our nation’s amphibians by monitoring local wetland sites to identify local frog and toad species by their breeding calls. Frogs and toads play an important role, serving as both predator and prey in wetland ecosystems and are considered indicators of environmental health. The Henson Robinson Zoo is offering two cost free training sessions for individuals interested in participating in the program. The first session will be held February19th and 26th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and the second session will be held March 2nd and 9th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Each session will provide volunteers with the knowledge necessary to participate in this vital research program. Interested parties should contact the Henson Robinson Zoo at (217)585-1821 for more information or to indicate intent to attend a training session.
  10:00AM 12:00PM 1st Annual Easter HOP for kids with disabilities   We are proud to announce the First Annual Easter Hop at Erin's Pavilion on Saturday, March 16th from 10am to noon. We are Partnering with Renken Dentistry, Noll Medical Pavilion, Noll Cafe and the Hope Institute to bring you Health on Purpose. It’s a fun morning of activities for children with disabilities and their siblings PLUS great resources fro parents at our information fair. Come join's FREE Activities include: pictures with the Easter Bunny, HOP Health Activity Course for the Children, Easter Egg Treats, Noll Cafe to serve Refreshments, Resource Information Fair. Resource Fair Participants Include: Renken Dentistry, Noll Medical Pavilion, Noll Cafe, The Hope Institute, Dept of Public Health, Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society, U of I Chicago Division of Specialized Care for Children, Community Living Options, Springfield Park District, Special Olympics, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) YOU MUST CALL TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY MARCH 11TH. Pelase call Erin's Pavilion to register at 217-585-2941
  8:30AM 12:30PM Driver Safety Course   Driver safety course is being taught on Feb. 26-27 at the Senior Center of Central Illinois, Walnut Street at Mason from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To reserve a spot in this call call 528-4035. Springfield Senior Center, 701 W. Mason St.
  6:00PM 7:00PM Our Savior's Lutheran Preschool Open House   Everyone is welcome to come and learn about Our Savior's Preschool on February 26 at 6pm. Our Savior's is located at 2645 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield. Check out our exciting preschool! If you have any questions, please call us at (217) 546-4531.
  6:00PM 8:00PM Springfield Writers Meetup Group   NEW local face-to-face group where writers meet to critique, encourage and inspire each other to continue and improve their craft. The focus of this group is creative prose writing, including creative fiction and non-fiction, including short stories, flash fiction, novels, novellas, essays, biographies and other works. PLEASE join us through the website and RSVP so we know who to expect. Address: 326 S. Seventh St/ Where: Lincoln Library 217-753-4900/ Web:
  7:00PM 10:00PM Trivia Night at the Winery   Walnut Street Winery 309 S. Walnut St 217-498-9800 This is a re-occurring event that will take place every Tues. night from 7-10 p.m. until April 23.
  7:30PM 10:00PM Taking the River Pulse   The great rivers of the world have a pulse -- an annual rhythm of flooding and drying. In some places, the river pulse is being removed and changing the ecology, the dynamic of the river; in other places, efforts are being made to return the pulse to the rivers. The maintenance of these annual hydrological phases promotes pulses of nutrients and increasing productivity in the different environments in the floodplain. So the population dynamics and life cycles organisms that live in these areas depend on the flood and dry pulses. The resulting ecological damage may have economic and social impacts in human communities, since recent studies indicate that biodiversity ensures the maintenance of ecosystem processes, buffering the effects of detrimental changes. The University of Illinois Springfield's Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon is honored to have established collaboration with the scientifically prestigious NUPELIA group at Maring State University in Brazil, experts in large river studies. In many ways, these river scientists see a cross roads -- one where the great rivers of Brazil are, for example, being dammed for hydrological power or adjacent lands managed for farm, thus changing the river ecology. But, in central Illinois, efforts are underway to "heal" river damage through restoration ecology projects. Pricing & Ticket Info: Free

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