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  All Day May is American Stroke Month!   During the month of May, the American Stroke Association works hard to spread awareness of the signs of a stroke. You can share the following information with your audience to help them to spot the signs of a stroke, using FAST: F- Face Drooping...A- Arm Weakness....S- Speech Difficulty..... T – Time to Call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms. For more information log on to
  All Day NIAHAC Arabian Horse Show   8am-9pm Fri-Sat, 8am-5pm Sun Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave For more information phone Charlotte Kletecka at (815)389-0120. Coliseum. Admission: Free.
  All Day Stamp Out Hunger   Stamp Out Hunger (National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive) -- Leave a bag of nonperishable food items by your mailbox on Saturday, May 11, and your letter carrier will bring your donation to the Foodbank!
  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.
  8:00PM 10:30PM Les Liaisons Dangereuses   “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” the play adaptation based on the original 18th century text by Choderlos de Laclos, and adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton, will receive a new staging by LLCC Theatre in May. Performance dates are May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South on the Lincoln Land Community College campus in Springfield. The production contains mature themes and presentations of violence and is not recommended for persons under the age of 17. Tickets, at $12 for adults and $10 for college students and seniors, go on sale April 17 at the LLCC Ticket Office in Menard Hall, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or may be reached by calling 217-786-2762. Seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended. This postmodern treatment of the play (that has seen numerous stagings and film adaptations) will address the issues of power and oppression in the modern age. Calling on strong images of control reaching from personal to political, it deals keenly with a world in which political power breeds excess. Echoes of these excesses resonate in this production from 18th century revolutions to present-day political scandals. LLCC’s theatre program values the expression of arts in all forms and the cultivation of arts and arts appreciation. The program embraces diverse and divergent world views while championing humanity in its complexity: its weaknesses and strengths, its failings and its successes. Consistent with this values statement, there will be a post-show discussion led by LLCC faculty immediately following each performance to provide an open forum for audience members to reflect on the issues at hand. More information on LLCC Theatre is available at
  8:00AM 4:30PM Sangamon County Schools Art Exhibit   Eighty-four pieces of selected artwork created by Sangamon County elementary, middle and high school students are being exhibited. The display represents the work of students from 32 schools in Sangamon County, selected by area art teachers. The artwork includes paintings, sculptures, pen and ink drawings, weavings and mixed media constructions. Where: SIU School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge
  7:00PM 9:30PM The Little Mermaid Jr.   May 10-12 and 17-19. $10-$20. The Hoogland Center for the Arts sets sails this spring with Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She’s in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea." For tickets, call 217-523-2787 or visit us at
  7:00AM 11:00PM Adult Prom 2013 "An Evening in Paris"   Grab the formals and tuxedos ... from any era .... and join the fun as the Springfield Area Arts Council presents a new event for Springfield: Adult Prom 2013. With a theme of "An Evening in Paris," the event will be held Saturday, May 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and available by calling 753-3519 or online at Adult Prom 2013 is for ages 21+ with a cash bar available. Semi-formal to formal attire is suggested. Prom photos will be taken and prom music from multiple decades is by The Sounds DJ Service. A Prom King and Queen will be crowned, with selection based on the Prom Court couple who raised the most funds for the Arts Council. ALICE 97.7 is the media sponsor with Molson and Josie as a Prom Court couple. SAAC Executive Director Penny Wollan-Kriel with her prom date of 50 years ago, Byron Nesbitt, is another of the couples. The three other couples include: Ann Frescura and Tim Farley, Michelle Dearing and Joe Jackson, Ronda and Tom Brinkman. Donations for the Prom Court couples may be made online at
  8:30AM 3:30PM Red Cross Babysitter's Training   Provides youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Pricing & Ticket Info: $85. Where: American Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr # 1. Web:
  9:00AM 4:00PM Lincoln Memorial Garden’s Spring Wildflower Sale   On Saturday and Sunday, May 11th – 12th, prairie wildflowers take center stage. More than two dozen species of wildflowers will be on sale, including such popular favorites as purple coneflower, royal catchfly, and butterfly weed. Prairie enthusiasts might enjoy adding queen of the prairie, lead plant, or prairie smoke to their garden or restoration. There will be plenty of choices and most wildflowers will be priced around $5 for a second-year plant with a great root system. For more information or a complete list of sale species, contact the Garden at 217-529-1111 or email us at
  10:00AM 6:00PM DR. DOLITTLE DAY   Admission to the Springfield Park District’s Henson Robinson Zoo is free Saturday, May 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Activities will be ongoing throughout the day, including the ever popular turtle races as well as animal programs and special enrichment treats for the animals. The zoo welcomes the Springfield Poets and Writers as well as artists from the Prairie Art Alliance for a presentation at 1:00 p.m. of artwork and literature inspired by the zoo’s animals. Visitors may also visit various vendors while touring the zoo’s collection of animals from five continents of the world. The Henson Robinson Zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield and may be reached at (217)585-1821.
  10:00AM 3:00PM Fat Ass 5K Run and Street Party   Order tickets via Eventbrite: Includes pig roast with all the fixins, cold beer, Pepsi, live music and good fun! Friday - May 10, 2013 Packet Pickup / Preview Party from 4 to 10 p.m. Limited Race Day Pickup Saturday - May 11, 2012 5K at 10 a.m. / Street Party 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Downtown Springfield on Seventh between Adams and Washington.
  10:00AM 4:00PM Atlanta Rt. 66 Cruise-In   Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the Atlanta Rt. 66 Cruise-In on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy classic cars, vintage music, great food, a 50/50 drawing, hourly drawings, and more – all along an original alignment of the Mother Road itself in downtown Atlanta. All area car club members and anyone with a great old car they want to display are invited to attend. Stop by the registration table to be included in the hourly drawings. The first 50 registrants will receive a free Atlanta Rt. 66 Cruise-In dash plaque. While in town be sure to step in the Palms Grill Café for a piece of blue ribbon homemade pie, tour the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum, get your picture taken with the Bunyon Giant, pick up a souvenir at the Gunnar Mast Trading Post or hand crafted item at the Arch Street Artisans shop, have a cheeseburger at Chubby’s, visit the Atlanta Museum, enjoy a cold one at Phanny’s or the Korner, then stroll around and enjoy the assembled Cruise-In cars. The Atlanta Rt. 66 Cruise-In is sponsored by the Atlanta Betterment Fund. For more information phone 217-648-5077 or email The next Cruise-In will take place on Saturday, June 8 and will be Illinois’ First EV-Car Cruise-In. You’ll definitely want to come to downtown Atlanta on 6/8 to see the variety of electric and electric hybrid cars that will be on hand.
  10:30AM 11:00AM Mother's Day Remembrance Tribute Service   Roselawn Memorial Park at 1735 S. Camp Butler Rd. in Springfield, IL will be hosting a memorial prayer service led by their Certified Celebrant on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:30 am in honor of all mothers. A special tribute keepsake will be provided. For more information, call (217) 525-1661 or e-mail at
  11:00AM 3:00PM Health Screenings   Sam's Club is hosting free preventive health screenings to members and non-members at all Sam's Club locations with a pharmacy on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Springfield Sam's Club is located at 2300 White Oaks Drive. The free health screening event features tests valued at up to $150, including: -Body mass index (BMI) -BMI provides an indicator of body fat and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. -Cortisol - This is the primary stress hormone, which has an effect on many different body systems. This blood test measures cortisol levels produced by the adrenal or pituitary glands and shows how well these glands are working. -Weight -Height -Blood pressure -Vision -Upon completion of the health screenings, participants will receive a certificate to pick up a free sample of Align probiotic supplements at the Sam's Club Pharmacy.
  11:00AM 3:00PM Super Saturdays at the Museum   "Blue Stems & Blue Gills: State Symbols." Did you know that popcorn is the Illinois State snack, or that the State dance is the square dance? Learn more about what makes Illinois truly unique at the May 11th "Super Saturday." Discover the Illinois State fruit, song, and more through a variety of crafts, games, and activities. Bring the whole family to "Super Saturdays" at the Illinois State Museum. "Super Saturdays" offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 4-8. Activities take 30-45 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this activity. Free and open to the public. Super Saturdays are sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
  12:00PM 3:30PM Pet Adoptions   Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a no-kill shelter, will hold a pet adoption on Saturday, May 11, at PetsMart, 3138 S. Veterans Parkway, from noon to 3:30 p.m. A wide variety of cats, dogs and puppies are available through Adopt-A-Pet, all of whom are rescued, homeless animals. The dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations. The dogs have been heartworm tested, and the cats tested for feline leukemia. Adopt-A-Pet, founded in 1983, re-homes approximately 800 to 1,000 animals per year. The organization receives no government funding and is reliant on volunteers, fund-raisers and donations to care for its animals.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Sangamon Valley Iris Society Iris Show   The Washington Park Botanical Garden welcomes the Sangamon Valley Iris, Region 9 American Iris Society back to the Garden for their annual iris show.
  2:00PM 5:00PM Let the Music Live   The Lincoln Land Community College Choir, under the direction of Sue Hamilton, will present a concert entitled “Let Music Live” in two locations this weekend. The first performance is Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the LLCC campus, and the second is Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Accompanist is Alice Edwards. Members of the LLCC Choir are sopranos Rebecca Chaney, Courtney Fleck, Emily Monahan, LaChelle Pittman and Rebekah Sack; altos Cassandra Bax, Tasha Bryant, Tiffany Riech, Caitlin Schlussler and Rebecca Young; tenors Michael Cutler, Daniel Summers and Drew Tavernor; and basses Nicolas Brady, Caleb Jones and Aidan Singh. The progr am includes these musical selections: “Come to Me, O my Love,” “Go Lovely Rose,” “O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose,” “She Walks in Beauty,” “Love is a Sickness,” “Moon River,” “When I Fall in Love,” “One Perfect Rose from ‘Love Lost,’” “Let There Be Music,” “No Man is an Island,” “The Road Home,” “Water Night” and “The Awakening.”
  2:00PM 3:30PM Mother's Day Tea   Victorian tea, including sweets, savories and a presentation on summer socials. Pricing & Ticket Info: $25 Time: 2-3:30pm at Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. Web:

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