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Postings for February 25, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Knowledgeable Knitters   Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet? Or, are you working on a knitting/crocheting project and would like to socialize with new friends while you work? Would you be interested in helping create a “group blanket” for Project Linus? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are invited and welcomed to join our Knowledgeable Knitters group! For beginners, the group is a great way to practice and learn new skills. (And, we have materials to get you started!) For more experienced individuals, the group allows sharing of projects and ideas. All ages are welcome! Knowledgeable Knitters meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:45 to 7:45 at the Rochester Public Library. Registration is not required.
 
  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 www.springfieldpoetsandwriters.com or www.adonisdesignspress.com.
 
  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.
 
  4:00PM 5:00PM Project Linus   Would you like to give your time and support to children in hospitals? If so, please join us for group blanket-making sessions for Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children (infants to teens) in hospitals for security and comfort. No experience is necessary; we’ll show you how to make the blankets! Drop in during any of our blanket-making sessions-you’re always welcome!
 
  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
 
  7:00PM 8:00PM Raptor Focus Series for Spring 2014   The Decatur Audubon Society, Millikin University, and the Macon County Conservation District are sponsoring a Raptor Focus Series in spring 2014. The Raptor Focus Series is a fun and informative presentation series about Illinois birds of prey by Illinois Raptor Center’s wildlife rehabilitator Jacques Nuzzo. Programs will be held January 28, February 25, and March 25. This series is open to the public, and each session fulfills 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit for teachers. All sessions meet at the Leighty-Tabor Science Center at Millikin University from 7pm to 8pm. Fee is $10 per session. Space is limited. Register online at www.maconcountyconservation.org or call 217-423-7708. This three program series focuses on the life history of Illinois raptors. Identification as well as natural history will be covered. The audience will be introduced to a live bird from the Illinois Raptor Center during each presentation. This series enlightens and entertains everyone from the kitchen window birdwatcher to the serious accomplished birder. The Leighy-Tabor Science Center is located off of Fairview Avenue on Millikin University’s campus.


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