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  All Day Drag Racing - Bracket Program   Bracket Racing Program with Jr Dragsters. Family-friendly. Where: Central Illinois Dragway, 622-4447
  All Day Lions Club Rain Barrel Fundraiser   As a new fundraiser this Spring, the Springfield Noon Lions Club is selling rain barrels at discounted prices. Plastic 55-gallon rain barrels are available in black, blue, grey, and terra cotta for $70. Oak 54-gallon rain barrels are available for $155 if they are unfinished and $170 if they are refinished. Accessories such as downspout diverters and pedestals are also available. The brochure and order form can be viewed at Color photographs of the rain barrels are available at Orders will be taken from April 1 until May 10. Rain barrels will be available for pick up on May 18 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 829 South 11th Street, Springfield (at the former Glass Specialty location). Customers of City Water, Light & Power may be eligible for a $25 rebate.
  All Day Dog Days of Spring   Dogs are faithful, loyal, and love their owners without question. Whether young or old, rich or poor, clever or dull, most dog owners love their pets as much, if not more as their family members. The upcoming “Dog Days of Spring” event will be hosted to honor these beloved dogs and their special family connection. “Dog Days of Spring” event captures a photographic portrait of your family dog. A portrait you are sure to treasure a lifetime. This event will consist of a portrait session of a family dog with session fees being donated to the Animal Protective League (APL). APL is partnering with Terry Farmer Photography this spring to promote awareness and raise funds for APL’s important animal welfare work. APL is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured, abused or homeless animals, and coordinating the adoption of those animals with responsible pet owners. APL also operates a high quality, lowcost spay/neuter clinic that is helping to end animal overpopulation. APL gives priority to sick and injured strays in our community. Each year, with the help of generous donors APL is able to house, rehabilitate, and adopt out, over 1,500 animals every year! Supporting “Dog Days of Spring” and APL are local personalities including Justin Fowler (The State JournalRegister), Rick Brandt (Brandt Consolidated), Jeff Ball (Hanson Professional Services), Lucy Bagot (Ace Hardware), Bob Ritz (St. John’s Hospital), and Susan Koch (University of Illinois Springfield) to name a few. Call us at 698-6000 for a complete list. Local personalities portraits will be on display for the public to view on April 19-30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Town and Country Bank at 3601 Wabash Avenue, Springfield. Join others in the community in helping APL, and have a photo taken during “Dogs Day of Spring” with your best friend ... the family dog. Call now at 217-698-6000 to schedule a “Dog Days of Spring” dog portrait between March 1 and April 30, 2013.
  All Day Birding Walks in Elkhart   On Saturday, April 27 the Elkhart Historical Society will host Bird Watcher Walks on beautiful Elkhart Hill as part of Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekend events. The walks will be offered at 6 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., leaving from Birdsong Books & Vintage Shoppe, 111 Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart. Walkers will enjoy looking for the migratory birds that pass through Elkhart Hill every spring. The Bird Watcher Walks are a perfect opportunity for a spring family event. The outing will be on foot, so walkers should dress for the weather (rain or shine), wear good walking shoes and bring insect repellent. And don’t forget the binoculars! Walks last approximately 90 minutes. Cost is $10 for adults and $7.50 for children (12 and younger). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is limited to 15 people per walk. To register, mail the online, printable form at To compliment the walks, the Elkhart Historical Society is offering a special “Walk with Lunch and Lecture.” Walk and Lunch/Lecture is $20 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger). Lunch includes soup and ½ sandwich or quiche with dessert and beverage at The Wild Hare Café, located at 102 Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart. For information and the online, printable reservation form, see For information on all the activities and events during Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends, see
  8:00AM 9:00PM Lap and Swim Hours   The Springfield Park District will be offering after school lap swim hours beginning March 1 at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Spring Lap & Family Swim hours at Eisenhower Pool are as follows: Lap Swim Hours Monday - Friday 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m./ Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./ Monday and Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. / Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Family Swim Hours: Friday 7 – 9 p.m./ Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett at 525-8847 or by email at . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at
  8:00AM 12:00PM Feathers and Flowers Hikes   Whether you enjoy the colors of spring wildflowers or the many hues of our spring migrants, you can enjoy either by joining one of several bird watching or blossom time hikes. Kevin Veara will, as usual, lead the morning bird hikes. This spring, he’ll be looking for birds on Saturday mornings, April 20th, 27th, May 4th, and May 11th. Hikes begin at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. You can learn more about the Garden’s spring wildflowers by joining a blossom time hike on Sundays, April 14th, 21st, and 28th. The hikes begin at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Not only will the woodland floor be full of blossoms, but the Garden’s dogwoods, redbuds, and crabapples will be in full flower. Explore the Garden with a guide or welcome spring on your own, but make it a point to visit the Garden for a springtime stroll during one of the most beautiful times of the year.
  8:00PM 11:55PM Proof   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Proof. Directed by Jen Wallner. April 26-28 aand May 3-5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Preshow dinner on Friday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.! Dinner will be served by Arena Food Service. To reserve your seat, call 523-2787. Plot On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit? For ticket information, go to
  7:00AM 12:00PM Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake & Sausage Breakfast   The 20th Annual Charlie Wells Memorial Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake & Sausage Breakfast event will be held at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at Landmark Aviation on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 2013, 7 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Pilots Association Springfield Chapter and the Zonta Club of Springfield. Cost is $7 per adult and $4 for children 12 and under. Airplane rides may be available for $20 suggested donation per flyer, weather permitting. A Zonta bake sale will take place. The Route 66 Cruisers car club will display their cars. There will also be an exhibit of model airplanes along with other displays. Proceeds of the breakfast will be used to support scholarship programs and other service projects of the two organizations. More information about Charlie Wells and The Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship can be found online at Information about Zonta International can be found at Information about Illinois Pilots Association membership can be found at
  8:30AM 12:00PM SIU Med Students to Host Annual AMA 5K Race   The Junaia P. Carter M.D. 5K Race, organized by medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Washington Park in Springfield. Now in its 19th year, the race is dedicated to Dr. Junaia P. Carter, a member of the Class of 2010, who died in November 2010, after a battle with breast cancer. The race is a fundraiser sponsored by SIU’s student chapter of the American Medical Association. Advance registration is requested. Registration forms are available from the Springfield Running Club. Entry forms also are available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the day of the race at the Washington Park shelter just west of the tennis courts, off of South Grand Avenue. The fee is $18 or $16 for online registration. Springfield Road Runners Club and Illinois Medical Society members will receive a $2 discount. Checks should be made payable to SIU School of Medicine and sent to Office of Student Affairs, SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19624, Springfield, IL 62794-9624. All race proceeds this year will be donated to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities in Springfield, which provides homeless and at-risk families with transitional living and comprehensive support services. The previous 18 SIU races have raised more than $60,450 donated to local charities. For registration and information, contact Jan Meyers at SIU’s Office of Student Affairs, call 217-545-2860 weekdays or e-mail Register online at
  9:00AM 12:30PM Pet First Aid Training   The goals of the Cat and Dog First Aid presentation are to teach participants how to be prepared for emergencies that involve a cat or a dog and how to protect themselves and the animal from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective first aid actions and care. Register at or call 1-800-REDCROSS - please register at least four days prior to class. Pricing & Ticket Info: $70 per person
  9:00AM 2:00PM Illinois Native Plant Society Plant Sale   Purchase native Ill. prairie and woodland plants at bargain prices. Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodity Pavilion (Across from Grandstand) Plants are lovingly grown by INPS Members Free. For more info call 243-6055.
  9:00AM 2:00PM Business Expo and Taste of Sullivan, Ill.   The Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development is hosting a business expo from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Taste of Sullivan April 27 at the First United Methodist Church. The expo, which is scheduled every other year, gives businesses a chance to meet with the public and promote their goods and services. Non-SCED businesses and non-profit organizations may also participate in the event. For more information about reserving a booth or sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurrie Minor at (217) 728-4223 or log onto www.sullivan
  10:00AM 3:00PM Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show   More than 30 crafters and vendors selling many items from jewelry, crochet items, hair bows, garden art, home decor, kitchen items, florals, handmade soaps, pet treats, etc. Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control will be there with many adoptable dogs and cats (available for adoption that day). Silent auction and raffle - all proceeds will go to Sangamon County Animal Control. Where: Town & Country Shopping Center, 2403 S. Macarthur Blvd
  10:00AM 2:00PM Earth Fair   Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The day will feature the ZeroWaste Challenge -- Learn how to reduce your footprint. Environmentally friendly vendors, kids activities, re-used art projects, refreshments and bicycle fix-it. Bring the family and vote for you favorite refrigerator decoration contest winner (vote 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Eight area schools participating. The Earth Fair will be held rain or shine. Held at Union Station Park and Museum. For more info phone 789-2255.
  10:00AM 2:00PM Menard County Health and Safety Fair   As the days get warmer, what could be better than getting in shape, and feeling good about ourselves? Let the Menard County Health and Safety Fair help you get ready for a healthier spring and summer. Come Saturday, April 27, between 10 am and 2 pm, to the Athens Community Center and Park. The Health and Safety Fair will have something for everyone. For infants, parents will learn about WIC and water safety. For pre-school and elementary students, jump in the free bouncy castle, learn about Head Start, play games, and have your face painted by the TMD students of Athens. Athens State Bank will provide parents with FBI Fingerprint kits for proper identification of children in case of emergency. (Parents keep the fingerprints, not law enforcement.) For older students, see the Athens Fire and Rescue vehicles, EMS truck, and maybe have the opportunity to sit in the Saint’s Flight Helicopter. Participants can learn about the danger of intoxicated driving by trying on the “Fatal Vision” goggles and spending time talking with the IL National Guard Counter Drug Officer. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission Representative will unveil the new “Project Sticker Shock” materials. Learn the truth about Medical Marijuana from TMD. See first-hand what can happen in a 30 mile per hour roll over crash from the IL State Troopers. Take advantage of a variety of screenings available: vision, blood type, blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac and glucose screenings will be available. EMS will have a heart monitor available. Adults can take advantage of the Central Illinois Blood Mobile to give the gift of life by donating blood. Curves will offer information about getting in shape and getting back to eating correctly. Spinal screenings will be provided by two local chiropractic services. Animal Protection will have health and safety tips for pet owners. Free Radon Test kits for home use have been provided by IEMA. Having trouble getting to Springfield? Learn about the new Sangamon Menard Area Rural Transportation (SMART) system soon to be available in Menard and Sangamon Counties. This rural transportation system is designed especially for rural residents in Sangamon County and all residents in Menard County. Find out how similar systems are already working in other communities, and how it will soon be available in our community. The Rx Take-Back will provide for proper disposal of unwanted medications. Proper disposal provides a great opportunity for the community to take an active part in slowing drug abuse in Menard County. Please bring unwanted medication for disposal, and discard it before entering the other exhibits. Do not send medication with children to the Health and Safety Fair.For more information, contact Kay Daniel at or 632-2984. Whatever else you plan for Saturday, April 27, plan to stop at the Menard County Health and Safety Fair, and get ready for a healthier spring and summer.
  10:00AM 4:00PM PARTY FOR THE PLANET   Head to the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and celebrate the wonders of our planet at the Party for the Planet. The Henson Robinson Zoo joins the Association of Zoos & Aquarium (AZA) and zoos and aquariums across the country in learning how our every day actions and choices can impact the planet. The Party for the Planet will include fun, family events including animal programs, games, activities, crafts & more. Partner with the zoo in keeping unwanted items out of landfills. The zoo is accepting donations of furniture and household items in good, clean condition for the Repurpose & Reuse Sale that will take place at Party for the Planet. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Springfield Zoological Society. For information regarding drop offs, please contact the zoo at (217)585-1821. The Henson Robinson Zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield and may be reached at (217)585-1821.
  11:00AM 3:00PM APL Pet Adoptions   The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during April with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all vaccinations. Adoptions will be held: Saturday, April 27 - dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PetSmart; dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cats until 3 p.m. at Ace Hardware/ Sunday, April 28 – cats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dogs from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also 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
  2:00PM 4:30PM The Sleeping Beauty   The Sleeping Beauty is a timeless ballet masterpiece born in 1890 of a creative collaboration between composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa. It is one of the most perfect expressions of classicism in ballet. With harmony and symmetry of score, design and choroegraphy, and an ethereal storyline that creates an atmosphere of fairytale magic, The Sleeping Beauty is a work of "total art." The Springfield Ballet Company is a civic not-for-profit ballet company that has been entertaining and educating area audiences since 1975. The company offers three major productions at the University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium each year, and also performs at festivals, schools and nursing homes throughout central Illinois. SBC is committed to providing equitable opportunities for company dancers to be trained in and to perform the art of dance, and to offer opportunities for all members of the central Illinois community to be educated and entertained. **Springfield Ballet Company follows the same guidelines as the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office as it relates to ticket sales. Sangamon Auditorium policy is as follows: No refunds or exchanges between events. Ticket exchanges are allowed within the same show or run of shows. There is a one dollar charge per exchanged ticket; patrons are responsible for any difference between the time and/or zone pricing. However, there are no refunds for the price difference. Ticket exchanges must be done in person at the Ticket Office. The tickets previously purchased must be returned at the time of exchange. All convenience and handling fees are non-refundable. In the case of a show cancellation, only the face value of the ticket will be refunded.$16-$26.
  2:00PM 5:00PM The Forgotten War   Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of the Korean War, the Korean War National Museum in Springfield announces the second event in its speaker series featuring veterans from “The Forgotten War” who will share their memories and answer questions. David Shulke, retired Navy veteran, will be at the downtown Denis J. Healy Freedom Center on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Shulke served in the Navy from 1951-1955. He helped transport troops to Korea from the United States as well as from Japan to Korea and back again. He is currently an active member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association. Guests will have a chance to meet Shulke, listen to his experiences in the Korean War when he was stationed on the USS Pickaway, and ask questions about his experiences. Students, educators, and media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors may also review the museum’s memorabilia, uniforms and artifacts. The Korean War National Museum continues to plan and prepare for the construction of the permanent museum space and welcome donors, sponsor or interested individuals to contact us, or support our fundraising activities. The KWNM is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowable by law.
  6:00PM 9:30PM Williamsville Jazz Dinner Dance   A full dinner with coffee, soft drinks and dessert is included in the ticket price. Food provided by Hickory River Smokehouse. The evening will feature music from the award winning Williamsville High School Jazz Band, and special guests the Four Voices. For more information: or call (217)544-3234 Listen to music from the 2012 Jazz Dinner/Dance via YouTube: Pricing & Ticket Info: Admission $20 Purchase tickets online with a credit card and receive a free movie rental for every ticket purchased from Family Video (Sherman location ONLY) A table can be reserved with the purchase of ten tickets. There will also be a silent auction with a lot of great items to bid on.
  6:00PM 10:00PM Trivia Night   One Hope United hosts its Third Annual Trivia Night, a fundraiser for its Blue Ribbon Campaign ( for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Gather friends and test your trivia knowledge while supporting One Hope United’s programs and services that help stop child abuse and strengthen families. Festivities include team and attendance prizes, a raffle and silent auction. Attendees are encouraged to bring table snacks. Table of eight, $100. All proceeds benefit One Hope United. Registration required. Visit For information, call Jeani Nobbe, 217-789-7637. Every April, people nationwide wear blue ribbons to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. This year, One Hope United created for people to plan fundraising events at their school, church or business; make a donation to prevent child abuse; or spread the word via Facebook and Twitter @1hopeunited, using #1hope4kids..
  6:30PM 11:00PM 33rd Annual Blue Chip Gala to Benefit UCP   The Hilton Springfield will host the 33rd Annual Blue Chip Gala benefiting United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln, Saturday, April 27th from 6:30 P.M. until 11:00 P.M. The evening will boasts live entertainment – Howl at the Moon from Chicago, IL exceptional hors d’oeuvres, incredible live and silent auctions and 6° from Chicago, IL will be serving samples of their signature drink. The Blue Chip Gala is the most elegant and longest-running charity event of its kind in Springfield. This year’s live auctions will feature fabulous trips including airfare to relaxing destinations such as St. Thomas and Belize, fine jewelry and exclusive dinners. Tickets to the event are $100.00. Tickets are available at Talbots and Jim Herron’s LTD or by contacting René Fein at 217-525-6522 ext. 3135. All proceeds from this event will benefit UCP’s Children Services. United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln provides services to over 800 individuals and their families with various disabilities in Central Illinois to help them live a Life Without Limits. Services include therapies, job training and placement, assistive technology, summer camps, residential support, day services, respite, case management and advocacy.
  7:00PM 11:00PM St Jude Kentucky derby Party   St. Jude Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7 Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, IL 62711. Join us for the St. Jude Kentucky Derby Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a raffle and other Kentucky Derby-themed traditions. Ladies, remember to wear your festive hats for this flamboyant and lively occasion! Enjoy mint juleps and the best two minutes in sports to help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Stay tuned for updates on some very exciting items that will be featured in this year’s auction. Ticket information: Individual tickets ~ $75/ Couples ticket ~ $125/ Company pack (10 tickets) ~ $500/ Purchase tickets or become a sponsor. For more information, please contact: Amy SvendsenrnALSAC/St. Jude Senior Event Marketing Representative at (800) 713-8223 or email

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