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Postings for July 27, 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 Girard Festival Days   Girard Chamber Of Commerce invites you to the Girard Festival Days. The fun for all ages, family friendly festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 26-28 with events and activities all day. The event will take place at Girard Township Park located just a block east of Route 4 (Old Route 66) . Highlighted Activities include: Kids Homemade Rides and games ran by the Cub Scouts, Girard Firemen’s Fish Fry and Beer Tent Live music from 9pm-1am Friday (Miles Station) and Saturday( Leaving Ashland)....Gospel music from 7pm until 9pm on Friday night and entertainment on the stage all day Saturday. ..... Prayer Breakfast with Senator McCann Saturday at Doc’s Soda Fountain 9am $5 cost- Guest Speaker is Coach Ben Wierzba – Head Coach UIS Men’s Basketball Team..... Central Illinois Community Blood Center Blood Drive 11am-2pm ...... Volleyball Tournament- Saturday call Jenny Buhl 971-0383.... Talent show (Entries still open) 6pm-8pm on Saturday...... Washer Tournament – Sunday 11am call Brian Williamson 341-7930..... Veterans Program to honor local heroes at 7pm on Sunday ...... Miss Girard pageant Sunday 7:30pm. For more information contact Deb Burnett Festival Day Chair at 627-3441 or check out the chamber website at
  All Day Junior Open Tennis Tournament   The J. D. Sinnock Junior Open Tennis Tournament, the third of three tennis tournaments, will be held on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Velasco Tennis Center in Washington Park. The Springfield Tennis Association (STA) annually organizes two, outdoor, sanctioned tournaments, the Adult Open and Junior Open. Players ranging in ages from 18 to 12 are encouraged to participate in both singles and/or doubles formats. A consolation round will be played in singles only, and players can sign up for doubles Saturday morning by noon. Entrants can only sign up online at tournament #856122013 or go to the STA web site and click on the direct tournament link. The entry fee is $29 per player. Trophies will be awarded to the champions and runners-up in each division. All players must register online by Wednesday, July 24 at 5 p.m. and singles players must sign in Saturday morning by 9 a.m. All participants will play at least two matches with the back draw. For detailed information, go to the STA website or contact Tom Kelly directly at or call 217-691-1328.
  All Day Route 66 Half Iron Distance Triathlon   You asked, we listened. New in 2013 the Route 66 Half Iron Distance Triathlon. This race will be the highest quality, non-corporate Half Iron in the Midwest. More information will be on the website soon but it includes a 1.2 mile lake swim, a 56 mile bike on a fast course along historic Route 66 and a 13.1 mile run on lake roads and across the UIS campus. This is the " Mother Half". The cost is $195. This includes a custom race shirt, finisher medal, awards banquet, great food and much more as plans are finalized. The response for this Half Iron has been impressive. Sign up early and become part of the international Route 66 history.
  All Day Wham Bam Thank Ya Ma'am Softball Tournament   Spartan Park, Iron Bridge Road Looking for teams for the 1st annual Wham Bam Thank Ya Ma'am tourney and home run derby. This is a men's slow pitch softball tournament abiding by NSA rules. For more info please contact Nick Rector 217-416-0012. Pricing & Ticket Info: $200 per team $10 per person in Home Run Derby
  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.
  9:00AM 5:00PM Oldsmobile Club of America’s National Meet   More than 350 Oldsmobiles will be on display at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield during the Oldsmobile Club of America’s National Meet July 24-27, 2013. Cars will be located both in the Crowne’s parking lot and inside the hotel. Special cars making an appearance at the show include a 1902 Curved Dash Oldsmobile and a 1969 Hurst Olds Convertible with a 10’ shifter mounted on the trunk. Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” and a nationally known car and racing personality in the 1960’s, will be attending the show as a special guest of the club. In addition to the car show, there will be more than 50 vendors selling car parts and other auto supplies. A Women’s Boutique featuring 20-plus vendors will be located inside the hotel. This show is being hosted by the Archway Oldsmobile Club and the Illinois Valley Oldsmobile Club, both chapters of the national organization. Crowne Plaza General Manager Troy Benavides says “Our hotel has a national reputation as an ideal spot for car shows, due to our parking facilities, access to Interstate 55 and our knowledge of the auto show market. We look forward to serving the Oldsmobile Club and wish them a very successful show.” The national meet’s appearance in Springfield was solicited by the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. SCVB Director of Sales Gina Gemberling says “the OCA is expected to draw approximately 1,500 people to Springfield, all of whom will spend money in our hotels, restaurants, gas stations and retail businesses. The event is expected to provide a $370,334.37 dollar impact on our local economy.” The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Thursday, July 25, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. There is no cost to view the car show. For more information contact Kevin Underwood at 217-685-0140 or Jerry Wilson, National Oldsmobile Club of America President at 314-458-8696
  8:00AM 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.
  7:30PM 9:30PM Godspell   July 25-28 GODSPELL, set in modern day times, Godspell is a series of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew. The story is interspersed with a contemporary musical score featuring hit songs such as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord”. “By My Side”, and “Day by Day”. Moving and uplifting, Godspell culminates with the passion of Christ. Show will be performed at the Jacksonville Theatre Guild at 210 West College. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. For more information please call 217-245-1402.
  8:00AM 12:00PM Run United 5K   The 2nd Annual Run United 5K & Kids Fun Run at Washington Park Benefitting the United Way of Central Illinois.Race begins at the Pavilion Shelter near the Duck Pond. Water stations placed on route. Awards ceremony & door prize pickup immediately following Kid's Fun Run. Race will be held rain or shine; however, in case of inclement weather, thank you for your donation. Chip timing will be used for all top finisher awards. The registration area and event venues are all located between the main pavilion and the tennis court area on the south side of the park. Parking: Parking within Washington Park is very limited. Please park on neighborhood streets located south of South Grand Avenue, across from the Washington Park Pavilion.
  8:00AM 1:00PM Electronics Recycling   Looking for a way to get rid of old electronics? Are your closets filled with cell phones and other gadgets? If so, please join us on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc. located at 1800 Westchester Blvd. from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to recycle your old electronics. Midwest Computer Processing will be onsite to provide a responsible recycling solution for the electronics being dropped off at the recycling drive at no cost to the donor. Midwest Computer Processing ensures all donors that all electronics are properly handled and recycled and all hard drives have their data destroyed using Department of Defense (DOD) standards which is also used by many financial institutions, medical facilities, and major corporations. Acceptable items include: � Desktop Computers (Commonly referred to as the CPU) � Laptop Computers � Tablet PC's � Monitors (Non CRT) � Printers � Scanners � Copiers � Telephone Systems � Cell Phones � Computer Related Batteries � Networking Equipment (Routers, Hubs, Switches) � Server Equipment (Servers, Rack Systems, Patch Panels) � Computer Related Cables (Power Cords, Printer Cables, Etc) � Human Interface Devices (Keyboards, Mice, Pointing Devices). � Point of Sale (POS) Systems � Smaller Consumer Grade Electronics (Radios, VHS Players, CD/DVD Players, two-way radios, etc.) � Televisions (Non CRT). All proceeds from the recycling drive will benefit Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Kresse at 217-726-5100 ext. 213.
  9:00AM 12:00PM Sangamon River Cleanup   Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and debris from the Sangamon River and its banks. Volunteers needed for canoing the river and walking the shore. Lunch provided downriver at the Sand Bar on Mechanicsburg Rd. T-shirt for first 50 volunteers. Call for more information 525-1410. South Fork Nature Preserve, Bakutis Road
  11:00AM 4:00PM Pet Adoption   The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during July 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: July 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 on Wabashand Sunday, July 28 – cats from 11 a.m. and dogs from noon until 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 website at
  1:00PM 4:00PM Springfield Writers Group Meeting   The Springfield Writers Group will hold its monthly meeting at 3500 N Dirksen Parkway #252 on July 27 from 1-4 PM. The theme of the meeting will be E-Books and E-Publishing.
  4:00PM 10:00PM Rock the Arts Music Festival   Live music, public art activities, kids activities, food and drink. On the Old Capitol Plaza and Inside Gallery II. $5 Admission | $3 Students (with valid student ID), Kids free (12 & under).
  7:00PM 10:00PM Are You Smarter Than a High Schooler Trivia   All proceeds benefit the Lanphier High School softball and soccer teams. Food may be brought in, drinks need to be bought from the KC. RSVP your table now! Pricing & Ticket Info: $10 per person 8 minimum - 10 maximum per table. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 4175, 2801 West St
  7:00PM 10:00PM The Journey Home: The Finale   Ben Viele and Alexander Rodriguez, co-hosts of LA's hot radio show "Happy Hour with Ben and Alexander", are returning to Ben's hometown in this finale cabaret of Broadway favorites and popular hits. For the past two weeks, Ben and Alexander have been travelling on the road as a drive-a-thon benefitting the American Cancer Society, stopping off at major cities to perform their Kid's Cabaret for children at hospitals across the nation. The Hoogland is proud to be home to their finale performance during which, they will deliver a check for the money they have collected on the road to the American Cancer Society. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th Street.

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