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Postings for February 20, 2014 Full Month View
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  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.
  6:15PM n/a Chatham Kiwanis Club Meeting   Chatham Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at the Chatham Public Library at 6:15 p.m.
  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
  11:00AM 2:00PM Springfield Collegiate Career Fair   The career centers at the University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris University, Benedictine University at Springfield, and ITT Technical Institute are excited to announce the 16th Annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair. Students and alumni from the five institutions, other colleges and universities, and community members are invited to attend. WHEN: Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the UIS campus. DETAILS: Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment. Representatives from more than 100 area employers are expected to be on hand. The event has an average attendance of more than 400 students and alumni. Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required, business-casual attire is required (NO jeans), and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the fair.
  6:00PM n/a Relay for Life team meeting   Join in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life is scheduled for June 22nd but the time to start building your team and raising donations is now. Take the first step to a world without cancer at the next team meeting at the Southside Christian church at 2600 s Macarthur Blvd at 6pm. Get the latest developments on this year’s relay and get some great ideas on building your team and raising funds. Mark it on your calendar now Relay for Life at Lincoln Land Community College, June 21st and 22nd …celebrate…remember …fight back
  6:00PM 10:00PM 3rd Annual Flirting for Disaster   Join us for the 3rd annual Red Cross "Flirting for Disaster" fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-10 p.m. at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield. All proceeds benefit American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief. This special evening will feature unlimited hors d'oevres, silent auction, and a live performance from New City Road, Springfield's hottest new country band. Beer and wine are included in the cost of a ticket. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or at the Red Cross in advance or at the event.
  6:00PM 7:00PM Behaviors and Habitats of Illinois Hawks   Need help identifying those hawks soaring overhead or perching along roadside wires? Illinois Raptor Center's, Jacques Nuzzo, will share the field marks, behaviors and habitats of Illinois' common hawks. Come learn what puts these predators at the top of nature's food chain. Live birds will be present. Admission is $5, first-come, first-served. Seating is limited.
  7:00PM n/a Springfield Civil War Roundtable Meeting   Mr. Lincoln's Hometown Civil War Roundtable of Springfield, Ill. introduces Jim Atwood, author of Paint Me As I Am, a biography of Illinois Gov. John R. Tanner, as its featured speaker at 7p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, 629 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, Ill. Atwood will share some Tanner Family experiences during the Civil War, including a daring prison escape made by the Governor's brother, J.Mack. The Roundtable meets monthly at the above location to enjoy good fellowship and further explore all aspects of the American Civil War. The meeting is open to anyone interested in this exciting period of our history. For additional information, contact media coordinator, Paula Atwood, 217-679-1880.
  7:00PM 8:00PM The Franklyn's Ground Squirrels   The Franklin's ground squirrels: A rare species is at home in Springfield. Everyone is familiar with the squirrels that seem to be everywhere, but a little-known species called Franklin's ground squirrels live along the Sangamon Valley Trail near Centennial Park. Chris Young is presenting a program on these elusive squirrels at Lincoln Memorial Garden on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 pm in the Nature Center. This rare species is the subject of his master's thesis. He is also involved in an ongoing conservation effort aimed at protecting the Franklyn's.

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