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October 20, 2014, 8:04 am
Postings for September 23, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Knowledgeable Knitters   Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet? Or, are you working on a knitting/crocheting project and would like to socialize with new friends while you work? Would you be interested in helping create a “group blanket” for Project Linus? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are invited and welcomed to join our Knowledgeable Knitters group! For beginners, the group is a great way to practice and learn new skills. (And, we have materials to get you started!) For more experienced individuals, the group allows sharing of projects and ideas. All ages are welcome! Knowledgeable Knitters meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:45 to 7:45 at the Rochester Public Library. Registration is not required.
  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.
  8:00AM n/a Fall Migratory Bird Hikes   Lincoln Memorial Garden Fall Bird Migration Hikes with Kevin Veara at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 11 (2301 East Lake Shore Drive, Springfield). Meet at the Nature Center. Free and open to the public.
  5:00PM 7:00PM Book Release Party at ALPLM   A letter from a lonely congressman named Abraham to his absent wife, Mary. The key, literally, to one of the biggest scandals in Illinois history. Medieval paperwork from the bishop of London. These and dozens of other historic items are celebrated in a new book, "Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library." The book looks back at the 125-year history of the library, which began in 1889 as the Illinois State Historical Library. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, "Treasures" is now on sale at the gift shop of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It also can be ordered at and online sellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A book-release party – with music, hors d'oeuvres and many of the book's contributors on hand to sign copies – will be held at the presidential library on Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To reserve space, go to the "special event reservations" section at
  6:00PM 7:00PM Nature Buddies Kickoff   The Springfield Park District's Henson Robinson Zoo invites area families to the kickoff of a nature club called Nature Buddies on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. or Sunday, Sept. 28 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Nature Buddies is free of charge and is dedicated to creating positive interactive experiences in nature for central Illinois families. Each family must have at least one parent or guardian with their child or children. Each Nature Buddies meeting will focus on a different aspect of Illinois nature. There will be hikes, scavenger hunts, nature walks, leaf collections, bird watching and more. For the first Nature Buddies meeting, you may choose one of the two sessions, either September 23 or September 28. Both meetings will consist of the same program. The Nature Buddies kickoff will be held at Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield. For more information, please contact the zoo at (217)585-1821.

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