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October 21, 2014, 4:36 pm
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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.
 
  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.
 
  6:00PM 9:00PM Chatham "Light Up the Park" Holiday Display   Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning the weekend of November 29 and 30 through December 20 and 21 at Chatham Community Park on South Main Street. The drive-through display will feature a sparkling winter forest, holiday-themed light displays, 20 lit arches, 100 lit candy canes, a giant Christmas Tree and a holiday polar express train to name a few. Donations are welcome with proceeds benefiting community parks and playground facilities. The event is sponsored by the Chatham Jaycees. For more information call 217-483-4553.
 
  9:30AM 11:00AM Historic Christmas at the Mansion   Thirty historic sites and museum are contributing their expertise and artistic flair to create a one-of-a-kind display of holiday decorations at the Illinois Executive Mansion this December. The public is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the month. Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition, on Dec. 14 the mansion will participate in the Downtown Historic Home Christmas Open House from 12-5 p.m. Volunteers from several sites will be in period attire, demonstrating crafts from their era, selling merchandise and serving refreshments. The exhibit features unique trees decorated by staff and volunteers from places such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place, David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Governor Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville, Quincy Museum, Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum in Beardstown, and Central Illinois Decorative Artists. Dried materials from the Executive Mansion gardens will complement the decorated trees.
 
  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 www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org.
 
  12:00PM 4:00PM 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.
 
  10:00AM 4:00PM Gift Wrapping "FUR" a Cause   Is the holiday rush too much? We can help! Illinois Humane volunteers will be present at Schnucks, 2801 Chatham Road, on Saturday, December 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to gift wrap presents. Anyone wanting to save a little time by having someone else do their gift wrapping should bring his or her gifts to the Community Room at the Schnucks Montvale location during these hours. Patrons are encouraged to get the grocery shopping done while gifts are being wrapped! All gift wrap, bows, and gift tags will be available as part of the services being provided. All donations received will benefit the animals under the care of Illinois Humane.
 
  11:30AM 1:30PM Skate with Santa   Come out and Skate with Santa at the Nelson Center during designated public skate times on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. On Dec. 21, Santa will skate during the 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. public skate from approximately 12–1 p.m. and on Dec. 22 during the 2–4 p.m. public skate from approximately 2:30-3:30 p.m. Bring the family whole family out for this fun holiday event.
 
  1:30PM n/a Discover the Winter Solstice   Ever wonder what the Winter Solstice is all about? Come to the Macon County Conservation District’s Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m. to discover the mysteries, legends, and facts surrounding the shortest day of the year. In this free program, learn some lessons in astronomy. Then bundle up for a mid-winter hike, an excellent opportunity to experience the natural world in winter and ask our Naturalists questions. 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.
 
  5:00PM n/a Polar Express Pajama Party   Train departs at 6pm. Preshow cocoa party 5pm. Tickets $10 in advance $15 at the door Everybody in their jammies (you too, grown ups!) as the Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole. Entering the theater, you'll be greated by our train conductors and recieve your special train ticket. Our dining car servers will welcome you to the preshow cocoa party, where our young travelers will enjoy some crafting and cocoa before embarking on their journey, a special screening of the film "The Polar Express." Our special guest from the North Pole will greet guests after the show. Call 800-838-3006 or go to www.atthelegacy.com for ticket information


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