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October 24, 2014, 4:17 pm
Postings for December 18, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Children's Holiday Store   The 24th Children's Holiday Store is the biggest funraiser for the Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. At the store children shop with the help of a volunteer while parents wait in the lobby. Gifts range from $1 to $10 so there is plenty of variety. Once they have found the "perfect" gift, children, bag and tag each gift with their volunteer before leaving the store. Open Saturday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Location: Town & Country Shopping Center (between Chuck E Cheese and Tuesday Morning in the former Designer Chic store). The Children's Holiday Store Hours: Monday–Friday ….....4-8 p.m. Saturdays ……………10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays ………...…..noon-5 p.m.
  All Day COAT DRIVE   During the months of December and January, the Rochester Public Library will be holding their annual Coat Drive. Accepted articles for the collection will be new or gently used coats, both children and adults), hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations are being accepted at Rochester Public Library through the end of January at #1 Community Drive, in Rochester. For further information please contact Susan at (217) 498-8454.
  9:00AM 10:55PM Wed. Morning Pickup Party   60-minute Pick-up Party Help us keep the sanctuary free of trash and flying debris. 9 a.m. start every Wednesday. Wrap up by 10 a.m. We supply the bags, long-handled trash grabbers and gloves if you need them.
  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.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Food Drive   Share your good fortune this holiday season by contributing to a food drive sponsored by The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois State Museum (ISM) to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank. Through Dec. 31 drop off goods at the ISM lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Help People in Need & Donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank. When you come in out of the cold to rediscover the Illinois State Museum this holiday season, be sure to bring a little something extra to add to a very important wooden box in the first floor main lobby. The IDNR and ISM are collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the Central Illinois Foodbank to help people and families in need. Help us bring cheer to the land and people of Illinois by stopping in with your contribution and becoming a part of our effort. **Please no items in glass containers and drop off only during visiting hours to ensure your donation is received.** Check out your progress at and
  12:15PM 12:45PM Advent Brown Bag Concert Series   Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 12:15 p.m. Sangamon Brass Quintet / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 12:15 p.m. David Plank, piano and accordion/ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | 12:15 p.m. Annual Christmas Music and Carol Singing, Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ, with Becky Kemp, soprano, and Angela Pryer, piano. Every year First Presbyterian Church Music and the Arts hosts musical events that include two Brown Bag Concert Series. This concert series is the longest continuous lunchtime concert series in Springfield. The four concerts in Advent and the six concerts in Lent take place at lunchtime on Wednesdays during these winter and spring seasons. Students, retirees and business people looking for a refreshing break in the middle of the day have enjoyed the diverse programming. The half-hour - midday - free concerts offer a variety of musical presentations by the finest local and visiting artists. Artists have included a vocal chamber ensemble, an early music ensemble, organists, a brass ensemble, a soprano soloist, and a string quartet, among others. (Emerging young artists are often highlighted in the Brown Bag Concerts, and they are additionally showcased in the annual Central Illinois Young Musicians' Concert each May.) The audience is invited to enjoy lunch during the concerts, and delicious brown bag lunches may be purchased at the door for $5. You may bring your own lunch, if you wish. We are grateful for your generous contributions as your donations have sustained this free concert series for more than a quarter century.
  5:00PM 8:00PM DSI Santa House   The Santa House is open during the evenings of the Old Capitol Holiday Walk, Dec. 4, 5,11 and 18 from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m., and Dec. 14 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children receive a free photo with Santa and candy cane lollipop, courtesy of Town & Country Bank. A live reindeer will also be onsite near the Santa House for free photo opportunities each evening of the Walk. "Dasher" is hosted by the AOA of Springfield, Inc. Donations benefit the Needy Children's Christmas Fund which provides gifts to over 300 children each year. Contributions are accepted through Dec. 20. For more information contact Lyman Henderson at 217-652-2846.
  5:00PM 8:00PM Old Capitol Holiday Walks   Old Capitol Holiday Walks - Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 18 Unique shopping, dining and night life. Fun and festive atmosphere featuring the Santa House, a live reindeer, free entertainment, holiday van tours and gift certificate raffle! Free kids entertainment at the Lincoln Herndon Law Office at 6 p.m. each evening of the Walk. Dec. 4 - DePriest Puppet Show, Dec. 5 - Storytelling by Cathy Mosley, Dec. 11 - Magic by Jeff Harpring, and Dec. 18 - Sing A Long with ElvisHimselves! Tree lighting, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p m. on the Old State Capitol Plaza.
  5:00PM 8:00PM Holiday Lights at the Zoo   The dates for this year's lights display are Dec. 6-23 from 5-8 p.m. each evening. Admission is $3.25 per adult and $2.00 per child. The zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield 62712 and may be contacted at (217) 585-1821. More information about the zoo may be found at the zoo's website
  5:00PM 8:00PM Santa House   A Springfield tradition for decades returns on Dec. 9 to the Santa House! Located at 1415 North Grand Ave East next to Robin Roberts Stadium. Santa will be in his house Dec. 9-21. The hours will be 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. He will be available for pictures, free with your camera, or $5 each with ours. Admission is free! For more info phone 753-0700.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Winter Holiday Floral Show   Poinsettias among the tropical collections. More poinsettias, tropical plants and decorated evergreens will overflow in the Garden Exhibit Hall at the Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
  8:30AM 5:00PM Holiday Decorations   In keeping with the simpler decorations of the times, the Lincoln neighborhood is decorated with wreaths and greenery. Decorations will remain up through Jan. 2, 2014. The Lincoln Home is open for guided tours every day except Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). Free tickets for the tours may be picked up at the Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is open from 8:30-5:00, with the last tour going in to the Lincoln Home at 4:30. Tickets are not needed to walk around the neighborhood.
  5:00PM 7:00PM Remembering Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy   Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum will host a special tribute honoring Nelson Mandela during Museum Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The Open House, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013,10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 521 East Washington St., 2nd floor, Springfield, IL. From 5-7 p.m. "Remembering Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy", a special program in memory of Nelson Mandela will be presented. Through an exhibit, poetry, songs, dance and special tributes, honor will be paid to the first Black president of South Africa. Local drummers, writers, poets, dancers and other artists will be participating. This is an opportunity to view the SIAAHF Museums exhibits and pay tribute to an iconic figure who fought for South Africans freedom from apartheid. He triumphed through using the weapons of forgiveness and reconciliation, teaching us all in the process. All events are free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to stop prior to or after the museum visit and support the local restaurants and businesses open for Downtown Springfield's annual "Holiday Walk". For additional information or to participate on the program please contact Jerrie Blakely at 217-528-2725 or 312-316-2470.

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