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Postings for April 18, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Lions Club Rain Barrel Fundraiser   As a new fundraiser this Spring, the Springfield Noon Lions Club is selling rain barrels at discounted prices. Plastic 55-gallon rain barrels are available in black, blue, grey, and terra cotta for $70. Oak 54-gallon rain barrels are available for $155 if they are unfinished and $170 if they are refinished. Accessories such as downspout diverters and pedestals are also available. The brochure and order form can be viewed at www.springfieldnoonlions.com. Color photographs of the rain barrels are available at www.upcycle-products.com. Orders will be taken from April 1 until May 10. Rain barrels will be available for pick up on May 18 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 829 South 11th Street, Springfield (at the former Glass Specialty location). Customers of City Water, Light & Power may be eligible for a $25 rebate.
  All Day Dog Days of Spring   Dogs are faithful, loyal, and love their owners without question. Whether young or old, rich or poor, clever or dull, most dog owners love their pets as much, if not more as their family members. The upcoming “Dog Days of Spring” event will be hosted to honor these beloved dogs and their special family connection. “Dog Days of Spring” event captures a photographic portrait of your family dog. A portrait you are sure to treasure a lifetime. This event will consist of a portrait session of a family dog with session fees being donated to the Animal Protective League (APL). APL is partnering with Terry Farmer Photography this spring to promote awareness and raise funds for APL’s important animal welfare work. APL is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured, abused or homeless animals, and coordinating the adoption of those animals with responsible pet owners. APL also operates a high quality, lowcost spay/neuter clinic that is helping to end animal overpopulation. APL gives priority to sick and injured strays in our community. Each year, with the help of generous donors APL is able to house, rehabilitate, and adopt out, over 1,500 animals every year! Supporting “Dog Days of Spring” and APL are local personalities including Justin Fowler (The State JournalRegister), Rick Brandt (Brandt Consolidated), Jeff Ball (Hanson Professional Services), Lucy Bagot (Ace Hardware), Bob Ritz (St. John’s Hospital), and Susan Koch (University of Illinois Springfield) to name a few. Call us at 698-6000 for a complete list. Local personalities portraits will be on display for the public to view on April 19-30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Town and Country Bank at 3601 Wabash Avenue, Springfield. Join others in the community in helping APL, and have a photo taken during “Dogs Day of Spring” with your best friend ... the family dog. Call now at 217-698-6000 to schedule a “Dog Days of Spring” dog portrait between March 1 and April 30, 2013.
  All Day Amateur Photography Contest   his photo contest is open to all amateur photographers including a youth division for ages 12 and under. Photos must be taken within Washington Park. Prizes will be awarded in youth, young adult, and adult divisions. Photos will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall from May 1 through May 19. Phone or stop and pick up an entry form. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES: Friday, April 19, 2013 The Washington Park Botanical Garden, along with PSC Digital, will be having their Annual Amateur Photography Contest. All entries must be submitted by Monday, April 19, 2013 at 4 p.m. in order to be included in the contest and display. The photographs will be on display from May 1 through May 19. 1. An amateur photographer is anyone who derives less than 5% of their income from photography. 2. Photos may be taken with any make of camera and entries may be in black and white or color, but must be taken within Washington Park and have botanical/nature subject matter. 3. Photographs containing subject matter deemed inappropriate will not be permitted or eligible in the contest. 4. Prints can be no larger than 11”X 14” and must be matted on an 11”X 14” foam board. 5. If submitting a photograph that has been framed please remove it from its frame before submitting. 6. Limited to one entry per participant. 7. There are three categories: Adult, Young Adult (13 to 17 yr. olds), and Junior (12 yr. olds and younger). 8. PSC Digital graciously will be donating prize gift certificates to their store for the winners. Entries can be delivered to the Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette, Monday – Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm or Saturday & Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Entries may also be mailed to 1740 W. Fayette, Springfield, IL 62704. All entries must be at the Garden by April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible for the contest and display. For more information or a more detailed list of rules please contact the Washington Park Botanical Garden at (217) 546-4116
  All Day Flower Power Fundraiser   Buy flowers and help cats! For every purchase made on the flower power fundraising website, the ranch will receive 50% back..... http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com.......... Click on the Place and Order and then type Forever Home Feline Ranch in for the organization. All funds raised are going to be used to spay and neuter the many kittens we are taking in this season. Thank you for your continued support! We are a 100% volunteer organization and wouldn't be where we are at today without our volunteers. Whether you donate time, money or spread the word you are making a difference in the lives of many cats.
  8:00AM 9:00PM Lap and Swim Hours   The Springfield Park District will be offering after school lap swim hours beginning March 1 at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Spring Lap & Family Swim hours at Eisenhower Pool are as follows: Lap Swim Hours Monday - Friday 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m./ Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./ Monday and Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. / Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Family Swim Hours: Friday 7 – 9 p.m./ Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett at 525-8847 or by email at bobbarrett@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
  6:30PM 8:30PM GROW in Illinois Mental Health   GROW in Illinois Mental Health - 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12-step support program for emotional, mental health issues, coping or addictions. Anonymous, free, confidential, open to all. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave. W, Springfield, 217-816-1083. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave W
  9:00AM 10:30PM Nature Story Adventures   Outdoor learning for preschoolers with accompanying adults Join us each week as we continue to explore the spring season with interactive story time and outdoor fun. We’ll read a story, head out for a discovery hike, make a simple nature craft, and eat a healthy snack. Nature Story Adventures will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The family cost per session is $5 for Garden members and $10 for nonmembers. Although not required, reservations are appreciated. To reserve a space, or to get more information, call 217-529-1111 or emailLMG2301@comcast.net. April 4 The Best Nest....In the spring, birds are busy searching for building materials and constructing nests. We’ll look at all kinds of native birds’ nests and hike around the Garden looking for more examples in the branches of our many trees. April 11 Lost in the Woods.......Fawns are often found alone in the woods in the spring. We’ll learn more about our state mammal, the white tailed deer, and why their babies spend much of their first weeks alone. April 18 Earth Day Birthday.......Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd all around the globe. We’ll explore our native Illinois ecosystems to learn more about our special piece of the Earth here in the Garden. Let’s make an Earth Day Birthday cake! April 25 Fairy Houses -Everywhere.......Surrounded by Nature’s beauty on a warm spring day, we’ll look at a lovely photographic book of fairy houses, collect some natural materials on our hike that are no longer growing, and build miniature rustic dwellings against the backdrop of blossom time in the Garden.
  8:00AM 11:55PM International Quarter Horse Show   Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Free admission. For more info phone (618)397-1388.
  6:00PM 7:00PM Springfield Audubon Society Meeting   Springfield Audubon Society Monthly Program: Raptors (The Prologue) Presented by the Illinois Raptor Center. Learn about the natural history of raptors and enjoy an up-close look at a live example. Cost: $5 at the door. Time: 6-7pm Address: 2315 East Clear Lake Ave Where: Adams Wildlife Sanctuary Venue Phone: 217-544-2473
  6:00PM 9:00PM First Aid Training   The First Aid course incorporates the latest science and meets OSHA guidelines. Students learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a First Aid certificate valid for two years. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass or call 1-800-REDCROSS to register. Participants should sign up at least four days in advance of the class. Pricing & Ticket Info: $55 per person Open Larger Map & Street view Time: 6-9pm Phone: 1-800-733-2767 Address: 1045 Outer Park Dr # 1 Where: American Red Cross Venue Phone: 217-787-7602 Web: redcross.org/takeaclass
  6:00PM 9:00PM Dramatic Reading from Widows of Whitechapel   You’ve, no doubt, heard the tales of Jack the Ripper, but have you ever stopped to wonder about the victims who were brutally and senselessly murdered? Why is it that society honors criminals by telling their story again and again? What about those who were directly affected by the crime? THE VICTIMS? Widows of Whitechapel gives a voice to victims. Creatively set in London during a “Jack The Ripper” Tour, victims come to life to tell their side of the story. The play allows audience members to explore such concepts as victim blame and media portrayal of criminal activity. Additionally, it offers the opportunity to reflect upon social responsibility to victims in the aftermath of a crime. If you have never stopped to think about the victim behind the bad guy, Widows of Whitechapel will provide that spark. In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden (CVMPG) is hosting a dramatic reading of excerpts from The Widows of Whitechapel under the direction of local playwright, Amy Sayre Baptista in partnership with Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to all. A Victim Services Provider Fair will be held in conjunction with the event. Resource materials on the topics of victimization, trauma, recovery, mental health, criminal and civil justice, and the types of services available to victims of crime to include Crime Victims’ Compensation will be on display and available to attendees. The Victim Service Providers’ Fair is designed to link governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to create a better referral network for victims. CVMPG serves as the umbrella for which other individuals, agencies and organizations who are committed to supporting victims can partner to help raise awareness of crime victims’ rights and services. Participation in the Victim Services Provider Fair is free. Anyone interested in participating or providing resource materials, should contact Sandra Kemp, Director, CVMPG at 636-579-2736 or sk.kemp@yahoo.com. Events are scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Erin’s Pavilion, 4965 South Second Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Victim Services Provider Fair. The Laramie Project will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The first 50 attendees will receive an official National Crime Victims’ Rights Week goodie bag which includes a t-shirt, identity theft protection kit, a copy of the book A Face In the Crowd, Forget Me Not seed packets, a booklet about on internet safety, a bookmark and magnet imprinted with hotline numbers for national organizations who serve victims of crime and much more. The evening will conclude with an after show discussion and a candlelight vigil as an homage to crime victims everywhere. To ensure adequate seating, groups larger than 5 are requested to contact Sandra Kemp at 636-579-2736 or sk.kemp@yahoo.com. Event is made possible through a Community Awareness Project Grant provided by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. About National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: In 1982, President Ronald Reagan formed a Task Force to explore how victims were treated throughout the criminal justice process. In response to those findings, he signed the Victims’ of Crime Act (VOCA) into law. Created to provide assistance to victims in the aftermath of a crime, VOCA is funded through fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders. No tax dollars are used. VOCA helps to finance state crime victim compensation programs and local crisis response centers. Examples include those who serve rape victims, victims of domestic violence, and victims of child abuse and neglect, just to name a few. In addition, personnel assigned the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who provide direct services to victims are paid through VOCA funding. Each year since 1981, communities nationwide have been encouraged to raise awareness of crime victims’ rights. About Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden: The Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden was born 3 years ago during a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week planning meeting. Once fully developed, CVMPG will provide a place for victims of crime and those who support them to reflect, honor, and heal.
  7:00PM 8:30PM Springfield Camera Club   Time: 7-8:30pm Phone: 546-5021 or 523-8081 Address: 700 S. Sixth St Where: First Christian Church Venue Phone: 217-528-3407 Web: springfieldillinoiscameraclub.com
  8:00PM 10:30PM Always ... Patsy Cline   Roxy Theatricals presents Always ... Patsy Cline, April 18-21 starring Lori Ann McCabe as Patsy Cline and Sandra Fritz as Louise Seger. Featuring The Bodacious Bobcats: Doug Hahn, Mary E. Myers, Gary Davis and Robb Stark. "AlwaysPatsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a 1963 plane crash. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Told through the memories of Louise, this charming show combines down home humor, heartfelt emotion, and over two-dozen of Patsy Cline's unforgettable hits: "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Sweet Dreams," "Walking After Midnight" and more. The title of the show was inspired by Patsy's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed, "Love Always ... Patsy Cline." Tickets $18 in advance, $20 day of show Seniors (60 ) and Children (12 and under) save $2 on Sunday performances.

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