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Postings for July 20, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
  All Day Raymond 4th of July Homecoming   Raymond 4th of July Homecoming June 27 through July 29 in downtown Raymond. Bands.
  All Day 1ST NIGHT POSTER ART CONTEST – CALL FOR ENTRIES   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for entries for a poster contest to promote this year’s annual First Night® Springfield which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2013. Original graphic artwork may be submitted in a vertical or horizontal format not to exceed 11 by 17 inches. A hard copy, as well as CD with the design in .pdf, .jpg, or .tif format, must be submitted for consideration. Designs should reflect a “Celebration of the Arts.” The winning design will be selected by the First Night Planning Committee, which is made up of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The winner receives a prize of $100. The artwork becomes the property of the Arts Council and is reprinted on a variety of First Night promotional materials and unveiled at a future press conference. It is suggested that interested artists view the full collection of previous First Night posters on display at the Arts Council office. The deadline for submitting artwork is 5:30 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013. For more information, contact Penny Wollan-Kriel at the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 753-3519 or
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
  All Day Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival   July 19-21, Horse Bluegrass Festival, located at Crazy Horse Campground,2113 Crazy Horse Rd. Performances held on Friday and Saturday, and a Sunday morning Gospel Show. For more information call 217-886-2089.
  All Day Tin Man Regatta   Register to set sail or be a virtual skipper and sit and relax on the back patio and watch the fleet go by! The Youth Series begins at 10 a.m., the Tin Man Series at 1 p.m. and a silent auction and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Benefits St. John's Children's Hospital. Awards Dinner tickets available for only $25 each. Pricing & Ticket Info: Awards Dinner $25 Virtual or Sailor Regatta Registration $75 Time: 1pm, 10am youth series. Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Road.
  All Day Jazz in Bloom   Summer Party at the Dana-Thomas House featuring Sam Crain Trio, silent auction, and Hor'dorves with cocktails. tickest are $60.00 per person. call 217.788.9452
  8:00AM 12:30PM Farmers Market   Live, work, play, and be healthy! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites the public to attend opening day ribbon cutting and festivities for the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, presented by St. John’s Hospital, Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.; with live music by the Frank Trompeter Quartet, Celebrity Chef Demonstration by Ashley Meyer of Real Cuisine Restaurant & Catering, and free cake (while it lasts) made by Incredibly Delicious. The Market will be held 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday’s May 15 – October 26 and is located on Adams Street between Fifth and Second streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of Fourth and Adams) and available 8 a.m. to noon each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. DSI again received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois to provide Double Value tokens for Link cardholders; LINK UP Illinois is a program of Experimental Station, in partnership with Wholesome Wave and the Illinois Farmers Market Association. LINK customers may receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day until grant funds are expended.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Home Tours   April 20 through Sept. 30, Iles House open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Visitors are introduced to the history and architecture of the Iles House, Springfield’s oldest home, and provided tours of the house and the Barringer collection of early Illinois furnishings. The new Iles House exhibit: Camp Butler: A Civil War Story is featured in the downstairs Springfield Museum. The story is told through artifacts and documents, many from private collections. Curators will be on hand to talk about collections, and refreshments will be served. Donations encouraged. Visiting Artisans Program. Saturdays through Sept, the house will have blacksmith, civil war cooking, shoemaker, and more. Sixteen different crafters from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
  8:00AM 12:00PM Riverton Sports Boosters Hawk Market   Riverton Sports Boosters is hosting a weekly Hawk Market. The market will include; flea market, fresh produce, direct sales, garage sale, sports apparel, and local business showcase. It will be held north of Subway. All money raised will directly benefit Riverton Athletics. If you are interest in having a booth, contact Aimee Sutton at 899-3211.
  8:00AM 1:00PM Taylorville Farmers Market   Saturdays through Oct. 27. Fresh, locally grown produce. East side of the square.
  6:00PM 11:55PM Menard County Fair   Menard County Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds
  8:30PM 11:00PM Dreamgirls Presented by the Springfield Muni   Dreamgirls Presented by the Springfield Muni Dreamgirls follows the story of a black all-girl singing trio from Chicago called "The Dreams" and exposes the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry. At first, the Dreams' manager falls in love with the lead singer, Effie. Later, he abandons her both romantically and professionally, replacing her with someone thinner. Eventually, Effie manages to recover from the blow and builds a successful career going solo. In the end, during the group’s farewell appearance, Effie is reunited with the Dreams, resulting in a happy ending for all. Reserved Seating: Patrons: $14.00 Seniors/Military Patrons: $12.00 General Admission (Lawn Seating): Adults - $10.00 Seniors/Military/Students - $8.00 Children (3-12) - $6.00 2 and Under - FREE
  8:30PM 10:30PM Dreamgirls   The Muni presents Dreamgirls, sponsored by Illini Bank, July 12-14 and 17-21; The Muni has been entertaining Springfield area audiences at its outdoor amphitheater located at 815 East Lake Drive for more than 50 years and has become a local summer tradition. For more information on The Muni, please visit
  8:00PM 10:30PM Theater in the Park- Leaving Iowa   Leaving Iowa written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations. More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don's memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don's existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. This play reflects the, perhaps, bygone family values that we have all grown up and respected. All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12). For reservations and to order, call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290. Box Office Hours : Monday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  7:00AM 12:00PM Kids 'N Control Triathlons   It’s healthy! It’s fun! It’s the Kohl’s Kids ‘n Control Triathlons! Kids ages 5 - 13 are encouraged to participate in the 3rd Annual Kohl’s Kids ‘n Control Triathlon to be held Saturday, July 20, 2013. Register online at (closes July 18, 2013, at midnight). Registration is open to all boys and girls ages 5 to 13 (as of December 31, 2013). Early packet pick-up will be Friday, July 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Lincoln Park near the Nelson Center. Amenities: Each preregistered participant is guaranteed to receive a quality, multi-colored t-shirt with event logo, Polar Bottle� insulated water bottle, goodie bag and refreshmentsRace day schedule 7 - 8:30 a.m. Packet pick-up...7 - 8 a.m. Race day registration... 7 - 8:45 a.m. Transition area open... 8:45 a.m. Mini-race meeting in transition... 9 a.m. Mini race begins... 9:15 a.m. ...Triathlon meeting in transition... 9:30 a.m. Triathlon begins... 10:30 a.m. Awards and post-race celebration. The Springfield Tri Club reserves the right to cancel any or all events due to bad weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. No refunds or transfers available.
  10:00AM 11:55PM Chatham Sweet Corn Festival   World famous sweet corn and cow chip throw, entertainment and more. Chatham Community Park, S. Main St, Chatham. Details on entertainment:
  10:00AM 4:00PM Morgan Horse Show   Morgan horse demonstrations in the New salem Historic Site historic village throughout the day. Free.
  10:00AM 4:30PM Vietnam War Encampment   The Illinois State Military Museum’s Vietnam encampment will highlight the service of the Illinois National Guard and other citizen-Soldiers during the Vietnam War. Living historians will establish Fire Base Castle on the Museum grounds to display equipment, uniforms and weapons used in Southeast Asia and during the Vietnam Era. Location: Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Ill., 62702, two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave.
  12:00PM 4:00PM APL Christmas in July Carnival   The Animal Protective League (APL) will present a “Christmas in July Carnival” on Saturday, July 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at the organization’s shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield. The family-oriented event will feature a variety of activities for all ages, as well as provide opportunities for the community to tour APL’s shelter and spay/neuter clinic and learn about the organization’s programs and services. A dunk tank, sponsored by Green Hyundai, will feature several local celebrities in support of APL. Personalities on-hand will include Mike Quimby of Green Hyundai, Wes Barr, candidate for Sangamon County Sheriff, and reporter Alissa Groeninger Alisa Groeninger of The State Journal-Register, Deb west of 98-7 WNNS among others. Other activities include carnival games and prizes, a scavenger hunt, present wrapping contest, door prizes and more. Families can also have photos taken with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. for a $5 fee. Many adoptable dogs and cats will also be on-hand for guests to meet. Light snacks, including cotton candy, will also be available. APL is a non-profit organization committed to caring for sick, injured, abused and abandoned dogs and cats and finding the best possible permanent homes for them. In addition to regular pet adoptions, the organization coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs and operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. All animals adopted through APL are spayed or neutered, up to date on all vaccines and micro-chipped. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group's web site at Pricing & Ticket Info: No admission fee. Photos with Santa $5; Small fees for dunk tank and dog kissing booth. All other activities and contests are free.
  1:00PM 4:00PM Crafts for Cats   Rain date July 27, 1-4 p.m. Tie dyeing, face painting, rock painting, finger painting, stuffed animal adoptions. Activities range from $2-$10 each. All proceeds benefit Forever Home Feline Ranch (local cat rescue and sanctuary). 679-1593.
  2:00PM 10:00PM Paint The Street Fest   The Springfield Art Association is hosting the first ever community block party where you literally paint the streets of downtown Springfield. -Participants will purchase a 6-foot x 6-foot square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. Participants will also receive an event bag containing: paint supplies (including the tempera paint we will be using which is water soluble/washable), a t-shirt, and giveaway goodies from sponsors -Food stands and live entertainment will be available throughout the day -The Children's Tent features a kite decorating station and flying on the Old State Capitol Plaza -Visitors will enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event and for months to come until Mother Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year's event! When is the Festival? -July 20, 2013 -Painting begins at 2 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. -When the painting is finished, the music continues under the stars and provides the backdrop for dancing and strolling the street to admire the artwork until 10 p.m. Who is Painting? -Everyone: Artists, families, businesses, clubs, friends and the community at large -Certain community charities of SAA's choosing like the Boys and Girls Club and the Hope Institute will receive a square free of charge. What are you Painting? -It is completely up to you, a portrait, business logo, a Jackson Pollock, etc. -We do retain the right to censor, at our discretion, content that is not appropriate for the general public. Where are we Painting? -The event will block off Washington from Fourth to Seventh. The Washington Street (from Fifth to Sixth) cobble stone will be the area for the food court and kid's kite decorating activity. Why Sponsor? -Supporting the community, downtown Springfield, and Springfield Art Association -Promote your business through marketing opportunities at various levels -Sponsorship is tax deductible. -Want to be a sponsor!? Click to download the Paint the Street sponsorship form What is the Springfield Art Association? -The Springfield Art Association (SAA), a community based, non-profit organization*, promotes and supports the visual arts, provides art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area and preserves and interprets historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA. *SAA is a non profit tax exempt organization organized pursuant to IRS code 501(c)(3) -The SAA is made up of historic Edwards Place, Michael Victor II Art Library, School of Art, Art Outreach Program, as well as a plethora of family-friendly events. What does the Festival Benefit? -Proceeds will go toward the Centennial Capital Campaign for the expansion and renovation of the Springfield Art Association, as we celebrate 100 years and your sponsorship will set the SAA on a clear track to a second successful century of art education and historic preservation. Pricing & Ticket Info: Event prices (limit six people per square) - $30 per 6-foot street square - $25 for SAA members, Military and Students w/ ID - $35 for day of the event registration On the day of the event for those not painting: General admission- - $5 per adult / $2 per kids (12 and under) are free to watch, listen to the entertainment and kids tent - T-shirts sold separately for $10
  6:30PM 9:00PM "Young Hands & Furry Feet" Children's Workshop   Animal ownership can be an extremely rewarding experience when approached with a little knowledge in your hip pocket. "Young Hands and Furry Feet" is a hands-on workshop designed to teach children (ages 8-11) the important lessons of animal interaction and the care involved with keeping a pet happy and healthy. Illinois Humane and the Springfield YMCA have teamed up to provide this educational opportunity in a fun format, utilizing the YMCA's downtown facilities, 701 South 4th St., Springfield. Parents are encouraged to register their children early. Space is limited. This Saturday evening workshop allows parents a few weekend hours free from the children. The children will learn about safe dog interactions, many quick effective lessons on animal care, information on the various types of pets available and about becoming a veterinarian. Multiple dog trainers, a veterinarian, and even a humane investigator will teach the workshop sessions. Even if a child does not have a dog in his or her household, the information garnered from this program will be extremely beneficial when a dog is encountered outside of the home! In addition to the invaluable lessons taught, each child will receive a bag filled with educational materials, a photo of him/her with one of our BIG doggie ambassadors, and a certificate of completion. Cost of the program is $30 for one child or $50 for two children. Cheese pizza will be served as a snack. A link leading to additional information and registration is located on Illinois Humane's website,
  6:30PM 9:00PM Young Hands, Furry Feet   Animal ownership can be an extremely rewarding experience when approached knowledgeably. Young Hands and Furry Feet is a program designed to teach children (ages 8-11) the important lessons of animal interaction and the care involved with keeping a pet happy and healthy. Multiple dog trainers, a veterinarian, and even a humane investigator will be on hand to educate the kids on various aspects of ownership. Even if you don't own a dog, the information garnered from this program will be extremely beneficial when a dog is encountered outside of your home! In addition to the invaluable lessons taught, each child will receive a bag filled with educational materials, a photo of him/her with our BIG doggie ambassador, Blues and a certificate of completion. Cheese pizza and water will be provided during this program. Cost: $30/1 child or $50/2 children Limited spots available, so register early! Registration will automatically close when spots are filled. Register at For more info, phone Amy Kusha, Illinois Humane, 217-971-0282. Event will beheld at the YMCA at 701 S Fourth

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