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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 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.
  8:00AM 11:55PM International Quarter Horse Show   Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Free admission. For more info phone (618)397-1388.
  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.
  9:00AM 6:00PM Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show   The 61st Annual Mineral, Gem and Jewelry Show will be April 19, 20 and 21 at the Macon County Fair Grounds in Decatur from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 good all three days. Seniors 59 and over are $3. Children under 15 are FREE and persons in uniform are free. Merchants will showcase jewelry, gemstones, beads and mineral specimens, along with demonstrations and exhibits. Free activities for kids include the fossil dig. There will be special scout activities on Saturday and Silent auctions all weekend. Parking is FREE. For information call 217-233-1164 or cigmc@comcast.net Pricing & Ticket Info: $5 good all three days, seniors $3, children FREE Time: 9am-6pm Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm Sun Phone: 233-1164 Address: Route 121 NW Where: Macon County Fairgrounds Web: cigmc.earthinsync.com
  6:30PM 10:00PM What Will Be Your Legacy?   The Land Connection is bringing a one-act play on the future of farming and farmland, What Will Be Your Legacy? The play presents an elderly farm couple, Gerald and Nettie, wrestling with the question of what will happen to the land that has been in Nettie’s family for five generations. Their dilemma is a common one as established farmers grow gray and neither their children nor grandchildren plan to return to the family farm. By bringing this issue to the stage here in Illinois, The Land Connection hopes to stimulate discussion about the issues and options for farmers, their land, and their communities. This play ends with no clear answer, but gives the audience plenty to reflect on and talk about when the curtain falls. Performances: All performances start at 6:30, feature local food, and are free and open to the public. Please RSVP online at http://www.thelandconnection.org/play/. April 19, 20: U of I Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, Springfield
  7:00PM 9:30PM Winnie the Pooh   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Winnie the Pooh directed by Katie Spoon at the Hoogland Center for the Arts April 19-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $8-$12. Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little bear of Very Little Brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. When friend Piglet gets roped into Kanga's household and Kanga starts bathing him (with soap!) and forcing down spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he's had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door.
  8:00PM 10:30PM Love, Loss and What I Wore   The Hoogland Center for the Arts will present an encore presentation of Love, Loss and What I Wore on April 19, 20 and 21 in the Club Room at the Hoogland Center. Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s intimate collection of vignettes and monologues is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. Like the book, this funny and poignant theatrical event uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories that all women can relate to. Syndicated columnist Liz Smith simply raves, “This is an evening that goes directly to the heart, soul and vanity of every woman, young or old." The production is directed by Aasne Vigesaa and features Nancy Cole, Claire Gordon, Susan Jeffers, Julie Staley and Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson. Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $18 for adults and $17 for seniors.
  8:00AM 12:00PM Feathers and Flowers Hikes   Whether you enjoy the colors of spring wildflowers or the many hues of our spring migrants, you can enjoy either by joining one of several bird watching or blossom time hikes. Kevin Veara will, as usual, lead the morning bird hikes. This spring, he’ll be looking for birds on Saturday mornings, April 20th, 27th, May 4th, and May 11th. Hikes begin at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. You can learn more about the Garden’s spring wildflowers by joining a blossom time hike on Sundays, April 14th, 21st, and 28th. The hikes begin at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Not only will the woodland floor be full of blossoms, but the Garden’s dogwoods, redbuds, and crabapples will be in full flower. Explore the Garden with a guide or welcome spring on your own, but make it a point to visit the Garden for a springtime stroll during one of the most beautiful times of the year.
  9:00AM 12:00PM Kids Camera Safari   Lincoln Memorial Garden is offering a series of photography workshops during 2013. The first one is a “Kids Camera Safari” scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon with a rain date of Sunday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is designed to help children learn how to compose interesting and unique photographs. Participants must be between 8 and 12 years old and able to operate a simple point and shoot camera set on automatic. Other photographic devices like a phone or a tablet can also be used. Class size will be limited to 30. Children will be divided into small groups with an experienced photographer and a naturalist to lead each group. The cost to members is $25 for each child and $30 for non-members. Go to www.lincolnmemorialgarden.org to register or download a mail-in registration form. Registration forms can also be requested by calling 217-529-1111. Other workshops scheduled in the series include “Getting the Most Out of Your Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera on Saturday, June 1, “The Art of Macro Photography” on Saturday, August 3, and “Photographing those Elusive Birds” on Saturday, September 28. Registration for the DSLR program will be available on the Garden web site by May 1.
  9:00AM 1:00PM Area-Wide Community Recycle Event   In conjunction with Earth Day, Glenwood High School Key Club will again be sponsoring a community recycling event on Saturday April 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Families and businesses in the Ball-Chatham School District and nearby communities are invited to bring the following recyclable items to Glenwood High School’s west parking lot (closest to GES) for drop off: •Books •Old Cell Phones •Old Pillows/Blankets •Goodwill Collection of clothing, shoes, working or nonworking computers and computer accessories including printers, faxes, and copiers, kitchenware, electronics, small appliances, décor, etc. •Wire Hangers •Eyeglasses/Sunglasses/Hearing Aids •Used/Broken Crayons •Aluminum Cans •Used and/or Empty Ink/Toner Cartridges from printers or copiers •Old Medicine •Glass (clear or colored) •Paper/Paper Bags/Clip Boards •Plastics •Tin and Aerosol Cans •Recyclable Batteries •Packing Peanuts •Bubble Wrap •Plastic Bags •Old License Plates •Cardboard..... To expedite the drop-off process, please have items separated for each station. Goodwill will have blank receipts available for participants to list charitable donations and their approximate value for tax deductions. Thank you to the businesses that helped make this event possible. Questions may be directed to Hannah Engelking or Jessica Clarke at hannahengelking@yahoo.com or 2jess16@comcast.net.
  10:00AM 1:00PM Get It Done Day   Join us for an all-inclusive workshop designed to assist in completing necessary forms for young adults and students with disabilities. This will be an opportunity to network with agencies that provide services and supports for those individuals. Some of the agencies present will include: -Division of Rehabilitation Services -Central Illinois Service Access -United Cerebral Palsy - SPARC - DD Homes - Epilepsy Resource Center -Springfield Center for Independent Living -Thrivent Financial -The Autism Project - Illinois Assistive Technology Program Pricing & Ticket Info: Free event Free food Time: 10am-1pm Phone: 217-553-5882 Address: 2001 Wabash Ave Where: Goodwill Venue Phone: 217-789-7496
  10:00AM 12:00PM Community Shred Event   Fourth Annual Shred Event at Salvation Parking Lot at 9th and Washington. Donate a case of non-perishable canned goods to the Salvation Army Food Pantry and we will shred up to five boxes of records. Recycling cardboard, noncontrolled prescription drugs in original vials and anything that plugs-in electronics. Local First Springfield is proud to once again be able bring its annual Shred Event back to downtown Springfield on Saturday April, 20, 2013. “Because more than any other day of the year, it can be both environmentally responsible and incredibly therapeutic to shred a few boxes of records on that first Saturday after Tax Day ,” says Local First Springfield Executive Director Bill McMahon. “This is definitely one of our most popular events, and has grown to the point where we can offer more than just paper recycling. “ For the donation of a case of non-perishable canned goods to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Local First will shred up to five (5) boxes of records. Recycling cardboard, non-controlled prescription drugs in their original bottles and almost-anything-that-plugs-in electronics. Local First Springfield is a 300-member-and-growing alliance of local businesses, non-profits and citizens which seeks to educate local citizens, businesses and public officials on the direct relationship between of keeping your dollars local and the vibrancy of the Springfield economy and community. Event time, place and location information is as follows: Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. - noon Cost: Donation of one case of case of non-perishable canned goods for the Salvation Army Food Pantry (cash donations also accepted) Location: Salvation Army parking lot at 9th and Washington
  12:00PM 2:30PM Abe's Mini Triathlon   Perfect for new triathletes. 100-yard indoor heated pool swim, 5-mile bike, 1-mile run. Pasta lunch for every racer. Awards ceremony. Time: 12pm Phone: 217-341-1309 Address: 17651 Bluejay Road Where: Porta High School Venue Phone: 217-632-3219 Web: www.abestriseries.com
  12:30PM 3:30PM Kids in the Kitchen   Registration is now open for the annual Kids in the Kitchen event produced by the Junior League of Springfield in partnership with St. John’s Children’s Hospital. This is a free event open to all area students ages 5 to 10. The afternoon includes lessons on healthy food & lifestyle choices and a chance to try out some simple recipes through hands-on activities. The event will take place at the Dove Conference Center in St. John’s Prairie Heart Institute from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, 2013. A parent, or other responsible adult, must stay on site during the event. Online registration is available on the Junior League website at www.jlsil.org. There is no cost to attend this event. Registration will close on April 17th, or when the event reaches 150 students. For more information, contact Sarah Jones, the event’s chairperson, (kitkspringfield@gmail.com) or the Junior League’s office at 217-544-5557.
  1:00PM 4:00PM Pioneer Sprint Triathlon   300-yard indoor heated pool swim, 13-mile bike and 3.1-mile run through pioneer cemetery. Chicken and noodles lunch for every racer and awards ceremony. Phone: 217-341-1309 Address: 17651 Bluejay Road Where: Porta High School Venue Phone: 217-632-3219 Web: www.abestriseries.com
  1:00PM 3:00PM Recycled Play Day   Join the Illinois State Museum for a Recycled Play Day in honor of Earth Day. On Saturday, April 20 from 1-3 p.m., families can help construct and decorate a giant playhouse out of repurposed cardboard and other materials. The playhouse will be available for Museum visitors to play in through Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Free and open to the public. For additional information contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or 217-782-5993.
  2:01PM 4:00PM Springfield Writers Group Meeting   The Springfield Writers Group will hold its April meeting at the home of Darius Depa 19 Redwood Lane in Springfield, IL. Theme of the meeting is Evaluating our creative process. The public is welcome to attend, and encouraged to bring 5-7 copies of their own writing to share with the group. For further information or directions, contact Donna Simpson at 735-2137
  5:30PM 10:30PM Edinburg Booster Club 9th Annual TRIVIA NIGHT   9th annual Edinburg Booster Club Trivia Night at the Edinburg School Cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30/ Game starts at 6:30. This year’s theme: “Battle of the Bands.” $10 per person – 6-8 person teams. Cash prizes, Theme Prizes, raffles, and door prizes. Light supper and concessions available. To register, pick up an entry form at the Edinburg High School office or at the Citizens Bank of Edinburg or call Mark at 217-623-5284 for more information
  7:30PM 10:00PM Children of a Lesser God   Running for nearly 900 performances on Broadway, Children of a Lesser God is based on the true story of a deaf actress and her hearing husband. Overcoming her initial wariness, James finally wins the heart of the intriguing Sarah. But their happiness splinters under the strain of different needs and judgments rooted in the divide between the hearing and deaf worlds. Can they truly understand and support one another, bridge the gap between them? As they learn to see themselves and their partners more clearly, they yearn for a place to love and live together between sound and silence. Time: 7:30pm Apr 20, 25-27, 2pm Apr 28 Phone: 217-245-3471 Address: McGaw Fine Arts Center Where: Illinois College Sibert Theatre Venue Phone: 217-245-3000 Pricing & Ticket Info: $7 general admission

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