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October 20, 2014, 4:18 pm
Postings for September 18, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day On the Prairie   Sept. 12 – Oct. 4: On the Prairie: Bronzes by Marshall Mitchell. Marshall Mitchell was an artist all of his life (1917 – 2001). He spent most of that life here in Springfield and came to national prominence as a bronze sculptor from the 1970s through today. A selection of his works, owned by Springfield collectors, businesses like Brandt and Egizii Electric and family members, will be on display in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association. Included in this exhibition are selections from his southwestern landscapes, cows series, and rooster series. More of Mr. Hindley's work can be found at On the Prairie will be on view in the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association from Friday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 4, 2013. We invite the public to join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
  All Day "Inspirations from Nature" Exhibit   "Inspirations from Nature," an exhibit of collected artworks by Christy Freeman will open Sept. 4, 2014 in the Becker Art Gallery in Becker Library on the campus of Benedictine University at Springfield. The work will be on display through Oct. 16, 2014. A closing reception will be held on Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in Becker Library, which is located at 1500 N. Fifth Street, just east of the Brinkerhoff Home.
  6:15PM n/a Chatham Kiwanis Club Meeting   Chatham Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at the Chatham Public Library at 6:15 p.m.
  10:30AM n/a Thursday Stories at Lincoln Library   Bring the kids to the Lincoln Library for story time, Thursdays at 10:30!
  4:00PM 7:00PM Illinois Products Farmer's Market   The market will be held every Thursday evening through Oct. 16, except during the Illinois State Fair (Aug.7 and Aug. 14). It is located, as in years past, in the Commodities Pavilion across the street from the Grandstand. The hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "I'm proud to see the growth in this market year after year," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "Opportunities like this benefit everyone, the local farmers and food producers who sell products, the consumers who shop their produce stands, and the local economy, which is strengthened from the business activity. And with Springfield Clinic returning as our title sponsor for the third year, the market now is much more than just a great source of fresh produce and local food products, it is a source of health and wellness information as well." Physicians and staff from Springfield Clinic will offer marketgoers weekly health screenings, as well as educational programs related to nutrition, fitness and wellness throughout the summer. "At Springfield Clinic, we are committed to reaching out beyond the exam room to help improve the health and wellness of our patients and our community," Mark Kuhn, Chief Administrative Officer at Springfield Clinic, said. "The Illinois Products Farmers' Market offers wholesome, locally-grown and produced foods, making it an ideal venue for us to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle." "Project Get Fit!" will participate in the market for a second straight year. The program, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Springfield YMCA, offers incentives to youngsters ages 5 through 18 to participate in recreational programs at either of Springfield's YMCA branches. Those who do can earn "Healthy Bucks" for completing various Y activities and use the "cash" to buy fresh produce at the market. "Teaching children at a young age about the importance of an active lifestyle and a nutritious diet sets lifelong, healthy habits," Mike Mannion, the vice president of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, said. "The Healthy Bucks initiative is one step in educating young people, and represents what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois aims to accomplish for all Illinois children." The Illinois Products Farmers' Market accepts LINK cards. Program participants just need to bring their cards to the Illinois Department of Agriculture table to obtain tokens that can be used to purchase their desired food items. Beginning July 1, IPFM vendors also will accept Senior and WIC farmers' market coupons. For more information about the market, including a list of vendors and their products, a schedule of musical entertainment, visiting wineries and food trucks, cooking demos, kids' activities and the Springfield Clinic "Recipe of the Week," go online to
  5:30PM n/a Demonstration Gardens   Garden programs will be held in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden located in front of Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Programs are free and open to the public. Presentations will last 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. Plants to Die For -- University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will present "Plants to Die For" program on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The dye garden has plants from seeds such as Zinnias, Marigolds, Woad, Indigo etc. Dye is obtained from annuals through their flowers and leaves. Dye can also be achieved from perennials using the roots in their 2nd or 3rd year. It is somewhat trendy now as people want a more natural approach to gardening. Color can be achieved by using fibers such as wool or silk or cotton, muslin. A mordant is also used in dyeing to set the color. We all probably have something in our gardens that can be used for dye! What to do with All Those Leaves -- University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will host "What to Do With Leaves" program on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener volunteers in the Compost Demonstration area and learn about how to compost leaves and other fall plant debris. Presentations will last 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. Creating a Prairie Garden Demonstration -- University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will present "Creating a Prairie Garden" on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm. Join Master Gardener volunteers for a program on using prairie plants in the garden. Straw Bale Gardening -- University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be host "Straw Bale Gardening" program on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener volunteers in the Identification Garden and learn why Straw Bale Gardening is growing in popularity. This gardening technique is a great option if you have pool soil quality, limited garden space or limited mobility. Come and learn how to condition bales for growing plants and see a comparison of growing in soil versus growing in bales.

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