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October 23, 2014, 2:55 pm
Postings for February 22, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day 2014 Fight for Air Climb   Fight for Air Climbs are the American Lung Association's most unique fundraisers. Climbs take place in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and involve walking, running or racing up hundreds of steps. Sometimes called a "vertical road race", teams and individual participants can use the event as a fitness target, as a race, or as a great way to be active and meet new friends. Visit for more information.
  All Day Accepting Teen Poetry/Art   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 16th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit or
  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
  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.
  9:00AM 5:00PM Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Exhibi   The Springfield Art Association is thrilled to unveil a new gallery exhibition space, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, thanks to the generous contribution of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation. We have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. The Springfield Art Association is honored to have such an elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community in our 101st year. The renovation is the first completed success to "Embrace the Future" as part of the $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign project to be the premier community visual arts center in central Illinois. The first exhibition in the new space exemplifies this SAA mission and vision as they present the area's best artwork from the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition featuring gold and silver awards from area junior and high school students. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28 during SAA normal business hours Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702
  9:00AM 3:30PM Springfield Area Rube Goldberg Competition   T"Outlandish machines" designed by area fifth graders will be on display as Lincoln Land Community College hosts the eighth annual Springfield Area Rube Goldberg Competition on Saturday, Feb. 22. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in LLCC's Student Union on the lower level of Menard Hall. There is no admission and the public is invited to attend. A Rube Goldberg device, such as the board game "Mousetrap," is an "outlandish machine" designed to complete a certain task through a number of complex steps. Area fifth graders are currently developing their own unique Rube Goldberg devices for this year's competition. Students receive assistance from engineer volunteers who visit classrooms and provide instruction on machines and engineering in general, along with suggestions for their "secret" Rube Goldberg. The purpose of this event is to introduce children to the idea of pursuing a career in engineering or a closely related field. It is the only Rube Goldberg program in the nation specifically aimed at elementary school children. This year's competition involves building a Rube Goldberg that will draw a straight line three inches long. Twelve classrooms are participating from Dubois Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Our Savior Lutheran, Owen Marsh Elementary, Rochester Intermediate, Springfield Christian, and Trinity Lutheran – Springfield.
  10:00AM n/a Sounds and Silence   How well can an owl hear? How about a mouse? Find the answers to these questions and more at Sounds and Silence on Saturday, February 22 at 10am in Rock Springs Nature Center. Free and open to all ages. Register at 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.
  10:00AM 7:00PM Boat Show   The 21st Annual Boat Show in Springfield will be held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The 2014 Boat Show in Springfield will continue to offer a wide variety of pleasure and fishing boats from several local dealers including aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabouts, wakeboard boats, and personal watercraft. Wakeboard boats that will be on display at the show will include Tige, Supra, Mastercraft and Moomba. Bring the whole family to see what new models and options are available for 2014. Register to Win a NEW EZ Port 3 Personal Watercraft Lift to be given away at the show. Tickets will be sold at the door with regular admission $5.00, children under 12 years old are free and parking is also free. Show hours will be Friday February 21, 2pm - 9pm, Saturday February 22, 10am - 7pm, and Sunday February 23, 10am - 5pm.
  11:00AM 3:00PM Ham and Bean Dinner   At the Dawson Firehouse in Dawson, IL. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat Ham and Beans with conrbread dessert and coffee or iced tea for $6. Alternate plate of hot dog, chips and dessert with coffee or iced tea is just $4. 50/50 tickets will also be available. Proceeds go toward the annual fireworks display
  11:00AM 4:00PM APL Pet Adoption Event   The Animal Protective League will hold dog and cat adoptions this weekend at PetSmart, 3183 South Veterans Parkway in Springfield and at Ace Hardware, 1600 Wabash Ave in Springfield. On Saturday, March 22, adoptable dogs and cats will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petsmart. Also on Saturday, adoptable dogs and cats will be featured at Ace Hardware from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday, March 23, dogs and cats will be featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Petsmart only. All pets adopted through APL are vaccinated, micro-chipped and spayed or neutered. APL is a non-profit organization committed to caring for sick, injured, abused and abandoned dogs and cats and finding the best possible permanent homes for them. In addition to regular pet adoptions, the organization coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs and operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter.
  1:00PM 2:30PM Lincoln Garden Maple Syrup Time   Each year, on five weekends in late February and early March at 1 and 2:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial Garden invites the public to take part in the tradition of collecting and boiling the sap from the Garden's sugar maple trees. This is a chance to learn about the process of tapping the trees, collecting the sap and watching it boiled into syrup. Come to the Garden and see how the sap from Maple trees ultimately becomes that tasty syrup that everyone loves on their pancakes. The Garden's pancake breakfast and silent auction follows on March 22-23 and 29-30. For more information on the breakfast check the Garden web site.
  1:00PM n/a Snow White   The Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG), an organization spotlighting young talent from the Springfield area, is presenting a colorful energetic new production of the children's ballet Snow White on Feb. 22, 2014, at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Hoogland Center for the Arts. Enjoy this classic fairytale brought to life through dance! Snow White takes refuge with seven dwarves and a variety of woodland animals, bites into a poisoned apple, awakes from the spell with love's first kiss, and lives happily ever after. Snow White is presented in an hour-long format to better suit children's attention spans, and is designed to introduce youngsters to the imaginative world of the ballet The show features more than 65 boys and girls, ages 7 to 13, from Springfield, Chatham, Rochester, Pleasant Plains, Sherman and Athens. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children 13 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office or are available in advance by calling 217-523-2787 or by ordering online at
  7:00PM n/a Trivia Night   The Friends of the Williamsville Public Library and Museum will be hosting a Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Williamsville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. The team placing first will receive $200. Other prizes will be available as well. Teams may consist of up to 10 people and the cost is $10 per person if registered and paid by Feb. 15. For teams registering and paying after Feb. 15, the cost is $15 per person. To register, call the library at 217-566-3520. Proceeds will fund archival supplies for the museum and a new program at the library: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
  8:00PM n/a Illinois Symphony Orchestra   Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 – 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield Debussy: Prélude à "L'après-midi d'un faune" (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) Chen Yi: Percussion Concerto Joseph Gramley, Percussion Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites

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