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Postings for November 09, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Holiday Book Drive   The 4th annual Holiday Book Drive will take place during the month of November. New books for children (ages birth to age 12) are being collected and will be distributed at Christmas time to needy children in the area, You can help by dropping off new books at one of the following sites: Chatham Area Public Library, Chatham Presbyterian Church, Rochester High School, Rochester Elementary (2-3 building), Williamsville Library, Williamsville Methodist Church, Sherman Elementary, Trinity Lutheran Preschool Auburn, State Journal Register, Safe School Program (Capital Career Center), or Bridge Club of Springfield. Checks may be made out to Holiday Book Drive and sent to Bank & Trust P.O. Box 228 Chatham, IL 62629. Every dollar donated will go directly to the purchase of new books.
  All Day Bluegrass Music Festival   November 8, 9 and 10, 2013 are the dates for the 27th annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival which returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. (I-55, Exit 94 to 3000 Dirksen Parkway) Featuring the “best of the best” in bluegrass music, this event features six separate stage shows including multiple * IBMA award winners. Artists include, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – multiple awarded band with Doyle being a member of IBMA’s Hall of Honor for his well documented career in bluegrass; seven time IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year”- Rhonda Vincent & Rage; Balsam Range, winners of Album of the year- 2013.” Entertainers and fan favorites, Little Roy & Lizzy Show; and Dry Branch Fire Squad ; national touring artist, Audie Blaylock & Redline; The Farm Hands; Link Union; along with regional favorites, Southern Raised and Art Stevenson & High Water. Festival activities during the weekend include a Guitar Trade Show; Saturday afternoon instrument workshops presented by Andy Hatfield, the Winfield Kansas 2011 National Flatpick Guitar Champion/2013 National Mandolin Champion, and Chris Talley-Armstrong, the past Illinois State Banjo and Fiddle Champion. Other features include an open stage talent showcase on Saturday morning, 24 hour ‘pickin’ areas; and various other vendors. Concert times start Friday afternoon and conclude Sunday. Friday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at 10 a.m. Daily or weekend tickets available at the door; and there are discounted rates for youth. Additional information may be found on the web site at . For lodging, call 217/529-7777.
  All Day Ansar Shrine Circus   The Royal Hanneford Circus from Nov. 8-10. Prairie Capital Convention Center TIME: 7 p.m. Fri, 11am, 3pm, 7:30pm Sat, 11:30am and 3:30pm Sun PRICE: $12 adults, $6 children. Reserved seats available for an additional charge.
  All Day CCQMA Quarter Midget Racing   In the Coliseum on the IL State Fair Grounds. 217-522-8212.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
  7:30PM n/a Clybourne Park   The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield presents the play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, opening Friday, Nov. 8. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS - on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 8, 9, and 10, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov. 14, 15, and 16. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday performance (Nov. 10), which will begin at 2 p.m. UIS Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct the play. Clybourne Park takes on the provocative issues of race, political correctness, and the changing social landscape in America, while still managing to make us laugh along the way. Act One takes place in 1959, in Chicago's Clybourne Park neighborhood, as the community responds to a black family buying a house there. Act Two takes place in 2009, in the same house, as the next generation of this black family struggles to hold on to its sense of identity. The New York Times calls the play “Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.” Ticket prices are $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.); $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff; $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card; and $6 for 17 and under. Please note that a service charge, not included in the prices above, from Sangamon Auditorium will be added to each ticket price, at the time of purchase. To avoid a higher service charge, buying tickets in person at the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office is highly recommended.
  6:30AM 8:30AM Candlelight Open House Tour   The Macon County Conservation District invites people of all ages to a “Candlelight Open House Tour” at Homestead Prairie Farm on Saturday, November 9. Stop by anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to visit Homestead Prairie Farm, a circa 1860 living history house museum, on the grounds of Rock Springs Conservation Area in Decatur. Admission is free. dress for the weather and enjoy hot cider and refreshments as you warm yourself by the stoves inside and a bonfire outside. Tour the house by candlelight and lamplight as guides in period clothing illustrate life in 1860s Decatur. Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.
  8:30AM n/a Girls on the Run Fall 5K   Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Fall 5K presented by Memorial Health Systems. A non-competitive community running event. Saturday, Nov. 9 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ; race begins at 10 a.m. Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. 12 and under- $15 through Friday, Oct. 25; $20 through Friday, Nov. 8; $25 Saturday, Nov. 9. 13 and up- $25 through Friday, Oct. 25; $30 through Friday, Nov. 8; $35 Saturday, Nov. 9. Register at Join us on Saturday, November 9th for the Girls on the Run “Peace Love Rock’n Race” 5K presented by Memorial Health System at Lincoln Land Community College. This is more than a race, it’s a celebration! Run, jog, walk or skip to the finish line with our over 450 program girls and 160 volunteers! This one of a kind, non-competitive event is open to the community and all abilities are encouraged to participate. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with fun activities such a face painting, happy hair and dancing. The race begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a dance party that will last until noon. Go to to get registered today.
  9:00AM 4:00PM Craft Bazaar   All items are handmade, more than 60 booths. Also, concession stand and a bake sale. In lieu of a fee to enter, bring a canned good. Little Flower School, 900 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
  9:30AM n/a Abe's Trail Trek   5K fun/run walk starts at 9:30 a.m. 10K and 15K races start at 10 a.m. All entrants receive a race shirt and chili and hot chocolate in the log cabin at the finish line. Awards to the 10 and 15K racers. More info at
  11:00AM 3:00PM Super Saturdays at the Museum   "Ancient American Art." Bring the whole family to "Super Saturdays" at the Illinois State Museum! "Super Saturdays" are held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 3-8. Activities take 30-45 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this activity. Free and open to the public. "Super Saturdays" are sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
  8:00PM n/a Track Home: The Musical   The Springfield Theater Center presents the Track Home at the Hoogland Center for the Arts In 1910, eleven children ride the Orphan Train with two agents from the Children’s Aid Society, Miss Rampleweed and Miss St. James, from New York City to Central Missouri. With varying characters and scenarios provided by reflective “Older” characters, the history, the heartache and the hope that these children carried with them are shared as they are chosen by prospective adoptive parents. Characters are composites taken from the Orphan Train “survivors” and their descendants. The Orphan Train transported more than 250,000 children from the East Coast to families mostly in the Midwest from 1854-1929. For showtime and ticket information go to

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