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Postings for May 02, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Artists Sought   Calling all artists for MacArtFest 2013 Visit for entry information or email Proceeds benefit MacArthur Boulevard Redevelopment Fund.
  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 May is American Stroke Month!   During the month of May, the American Stroke Association works hard to spread awareness of the signs of a stroke. You can share the following information with your audience to help them to spot the signs of a stroke, using FAST: F- Face Drooping...A- Arm Weakness....S- Speech Difficulty..... T – Time to Call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms. For more information log on to
  6:30PM 8:30PM GROW in Illinois Mental Health   GROW in Illinois Mental Health - 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12-step support program for emotional, mental health issues, coping or addictions. Anonymous, free, confidential, open to all. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave. W, Springfield, 217-816-1083. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave W
  8:30AM 5:00PM Screen-Free Week   The Illinois State Museum will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers, and video games for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family. From Monday, April 29 through Sunday, May 5, the Museum will turn off all multimedia screens in its exhibitions. For the last few years, the Museum has recognized the importance of Screen Free Week as a respite from the screen media that dominate the lives of so many people. “In the past, we have encouraged families to visit the Museum during this week, but this year we decided to lead by example and turn off our screens as well,” said Elizabeth Bazan, Mary Ann MacLean Educator. Museum staff hope that by turning off the screens, visitors will be encouraged to look more closely at the rich array of objects and other educational materials on display. Screen Free Week On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span. Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is coordinated by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy organization devoted to reducing the impact of commercialism on children. Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide. For more information, visit The Illinois State Museum is an institution dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to discover and care about Illinois’ natural and cultural resources and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street (the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield, and is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby, and the building is ADA accessible.
  7:30AM 11:55PM Gov's Prayer Breakfast   The ambassador-at-large for Habitat for Humanity International will be the guest speaker at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast on May 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield Illinois. Tickets for the 7:30 AM event are $20. Members of the public are invited to the Governor's Prayer Breakfast on May 2, an interfaith annual event to promote spiritual support for the Governor and other officeholders in Illinois. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by credit card at or by check from Pat Sanchez at 217/206-7642. Tickets must be purchased and paid for by April 26th.
  10:30AM 12:30PM Illinois History Expo   The Illinois History Expo is recruiting volunteer judges for junior and senior high school Illinois history related projects. Judging runs from 10:30 to 12:30 Parking and lunch will be provided. Contact Pete Harbison 217-782-2981 Location: The Prairie Capital Convention Center
  5:00PM 8:00PM 14th Annual Upper Story Tour   Downtown Springfield, Inc. announces the 14th Annual Upper Story Tour, Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. continuing the tradition of taking the public behind “the velvet rope” to view unique historical, residential and commercial spaces often not otherwise accessible. The Upper Story Tour invites attendees to take time to look up and think beyond the ground floors passed every day on the sidewalk. It is sometimes easy to overlook Springfield’s upper stories. Following the tour a reception will be held 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Alamo (115 N. 5th Street). Ticket includes a complimentary beverage and light appetizers (while they last). Appetizers are generously donated by the following downtown restaurants: Augie’s Front Burner, Café Moxo, Cold Stone Creamery, Del’s Popcorn, Head West Sub Stop, Maldaner’s, Sebastian’s and The Alamo. Advance tickets for the Upper Story Tour may be purchased at the DSI Office or online at until 2:00 p.m., on May 2. Advance tickets are $8 for DSI members and $10 for nonmembers; tickets are also available at the door at all tour locations for $13 for DSI members and $15 for non-members.
  5:30PM 8:00PM Springfield Ovarian Cancer Support Group   The next monthly meeting of the Springfield Ovarian Cancer Support Group (SpOCS) will be held on Thursday, May 2 at the Olive Garden Restaurant on the corner of Wabash and Veterans at 5:30 p.m. Patients, spouses and support folks are invited. Please RSVP to by May 1, 2013.
  6:00PM 9:00PM Pirates of the CAAR-ibbean Trivia Fundraiser   Fundraiser to benefit Contact Ministries. Trivia, live auction, silent auction. Beer, wine and soda included with ticket price. Meal separate. Pricing & Ticket Info: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Time: 6-9pm. Where: Knights of Columbus Hall Council 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd. Web:
  7:00PM 9:00PM Battle of Chancellorsville   When Union forces clashed with a much smaller Confederate army in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee seized victory with what many consider to be his strategic masterpiece. But Lee also paid a terrible price, as a presentation on May 2 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explain. Dr. Mark DePue, historian and director of the library’s Oral History Program, will discuss the battle in a PowerPoint presentation, using quotes from Civil War veterans, maps, photographs and illustrations. The free event, part of Illinois’ observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, takes place in the museum’s Union Theater beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made by visiting and clicking on “Special event tickets and reservations. Union commander Joseph Hooker rebuilt a demoralized Army of the Potomac and then took them across the Rappahannock River in pursuit of Lee in April 1863. He outnumbered Lee’s forces 2-1. But the Confederate commander made bold moves over several days of fighting in early May. Notably, he kept Hooker occupied with skirmishes and feigned attacks while Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson took about 28,000 troops around to the Union’s right flank and launched a devastating surprise attack. In the end, Lee won – but 22 percent of his soldiers were dead, wounded or missing. And Jackson, his most able lieutenant, was mortally wounded by his own troops. Chancellorsville proved to be one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, with more than 30,000 casualties between the two armies. The Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering a series of free presentations on major Civil War battles. Still to come in 2013 are Vicksburg, Gettysburg and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaign. The Wilderness and Spotsylvania, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta and the siege of Petersburg occur in 2014. Then the pursuit to Appomattox and Lee’s surrender wrap up the series in 2015.

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