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Postings for July 12, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Taste of Downtown   Taste of Downtown is Friday, July 11th and Saturday, July 12th in downtown Springfield! The Friday event runs from 5PM-Midnight and the Saturday event goes from Noon-Midnight. The admission cost of $10 includes four drink/food tickets, as twenty downtown restaurants present ethnic, classic, and eclectic cuisine. Enjoy live music and free children's entertainment, as well! Learn more and get the band lineup at
  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."
  All Day Morgan County Fair   67th Annual Morgan County Fair July 9-13 at Morgan County Fair Grounds, 110 South Westgate, Jacksonville. Carnival, food, talent show, pageant, live stock, tractor pulls and entertainment on the weekend. Friday night will be Country Super Star Lee Brice and Saturday night will be 38 Special.
  8:00AM 12:30PM Old Capitol Farmer's Market   It's time to get fresh with the locals! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) and presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital present the Old Capitol Farmer's Market. The Market will be held 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday's May 14 – October 25 and is located on Adams Street between 5th & 2nd streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of 4th & Adams) and will be available 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. A limited amount of LINK UP grant funding is available for LINK customers to receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day. The Double Value program will end when funding is expended. New this year is "The Community Corner," located at the SW corner of 4th & Adams; which will feature a variety of live music, live radio broadcasts, chef demonstrations and kid-friendly activities. These activities will be held on Saturdays throughout the Market from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is a collaborative effort of DSI, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and local musicians. Beginning May 17, local juried artisans will display and sell their original artwork every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., through October 18 in the parking lot at the SE corner of 4th & Adams. Presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, believes in the importance of fresh, locally-grown produce to help people live healthier lives. The hospital promotes healthy lifestyle activities, distributes informational materials and offers health screenings and programs such as a body fat analysis and interactive educational programs which help children and adults learn about the importance of proper nutrition. St. John's also provides free blood pressure and other tests periodically throughout the season. The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council are once again encouraging people in Sangamon County to bike, walk, run, or take the bus during their commute to work from May 19th-24th and take part in the 7th Annual Curb Your Car event. Call 217-535-3110 or visit for guideline and registration information. In addition to presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, the Farmers' Market is generously supported by the City of Springfield, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's Restaurant, IL Department of Agriculture: Where Fresh Is, LINK UP Illinois, Town & Country Bank, US Bank, The Illinois Times, Development Services Group,, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and Illinois Humane Society. The market is coordinated and managed by DSI. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, Downtown Springfield, Inc., 217-544-1723.
  9:00AM 12:00PM Teen Summer Writing Camp   The Vachel Lindsay Association is proud to make History Come Alive with a 3-week poetry and fiction writing camp for students who have completed grades 7 through 12. Camp runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, starting on July 7 and running through July 25. The first two weeks of camp, held at the Vachel Lindsay Home, will focus on creating new writing in both poetry and fiction. The last week of camp, held at Benedictine University, will focus on turning that writing into a literary publication and community performance. Participants are expected to attend all camp sessions. Parents may drop off their students 15 minutes prior to the start of camp; participants must be picked up no later than 12:15 p.m. each day.
  12:00PM 7:00PM COLORX3   COLORX3 features artwork by Jed Leber (watercolor), Rich Ford (pastels) and Teri A Zucksworth (sculpture), plus new work by the organization's other juried member artists. Reception, June 28, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland. Art Talks with Delinda (interviews with the featured artists), 5:30-6 pm in the Hoogland Lobby.
  8:00PM n/a Agnes of God   The Hoogland Center for the Arts presents "Agnes of God", a drama about a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the dead child was the result of a virgin conception. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for Seniors and students (under 12) and can be purchased by calling (217) 523-2787 or at the Hoogland Center Box Office.
  8:30PM n/a All Shook Up   The Muni will present All Shook Up, sponsored by Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo, July 11-12, 17-19, and 24-26 (showtime 8:30 p.m.); Shrek, sponsored by McGladrey, Aug. 8-9, 14-16, and 21-23 (showtime 8:00 p.m.); and Jekyll & Hyde, sponsored by Illini Bank, Sept. 5-6, 11-13, and 18-20 (showtime 7:30 p.m.). New in 2014, The Muni has eliminated Wednesday and Sunday performances and increased the number of show weekends from two to three. "Based on feedback from last season's attendees, we've also updated our season to lengthen the time each show runs by moving traditional performance days to a third weekend of performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday." Starting Thanksgiving weekend, The Muni's 2014 Season Passes will be on sale for pickup at various locations throughout the Springfield area. Patrons may also purchase season passes by calling (217) 793-MUNI for mail delivery. For a full list of season pass retailers, please visit The Muni's website at About The Muni The Springfield Municipal Opera (The Muni) is a not-for-profit theatrical organization that has become a Springfield summer tradition, providing the best of Broadway to enthusiastic audiences for more than 50 years. Located lakeside at 815 East Lake Drive in an outdoor amphitheater, The Muni is one of the largest all-volunteer community theatre organizations in the nation. For more information on The Muni, please visit
  8:00AM 11:00AM Women's Distance Festival   On Saturday, July 12, 2014, join hundreds of other women for the 35th anniversary of the Women’s Distance Festival two mile event & Kids Fun Run to be held in Washington Park.

Registration for the event is ongoing and you can register HERE.  Please note, there is no race day registration and event is limited to 600 participants.

Time and Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Springfield's Washington Park Picnic Shelter - 8:00 A.M.

  8:00AM 10:00AM SFSC Flapjack Fundraiser   The Springfield Figure Skating Club will hold a flapjack fundraiser breakfast on Saturday morning, July 12th at Applebee's on Veterans Parkway in Springfield. Tickets are $5 at the door for a fixed menu of pancakes, bacon, and drink.
  8:00AM n/a Capital City Pickleball Classic Tournament   The public is invited to watch the Scheels Capital City Pickleball Classic Tournament at Iles Park July 11-13. The tournament is a U.S.A. Pickleball Association sanctioned event and is sponsored by the Springfield Pickleball Club and the Springfield Park District. There are 168 registrants from 11 states, including the number three ranked female player in the country. Tournament dates and times are: • Friday, July 11: singles begin at 3 p.m. • Saturday, July 12: men's doubles begin at 8 a.m.; women's doubles begin at 1:30 p.m. • Sunday, July 13: mixed doubles begin at 8 a.m. For more information about the upcoming tournament, contact event organizer Jack Handy at 217-415-9174 or visit the Springfield Pickleball Club's Facebook page .
  12:00PM 2:00PM No Fare Fair Stop #2   Join 98.7 WNNS at Taste of Downtown from Noon until 2PM for stop #2 of the No Fare Fair! Jim Leach will be broadcasting live with Pitbull tickets to be given away at 2PM. Everyone that registers will not only be in the running to win Pitbull tickets, but also entered into the drawing for the No Fare Fair Grand Prize - Four Mega Passes and tickets to ALL SIX No Fare Fair concerts (American Idols Live!, Pitbull, Boston, Emblem3 with MKTO, Steely Dan, and Robin Thicke with Magic!). The Grand Prize will be given away on Monday, August 4th at 7:10AM on the WNNS Morning Show.
  12:00PM 4:00PM APL Christmas in July Carnival   APL's Christmas in July Carnival is a fun way to take your mind off the summer heat and help out sick and injured, homeless animals at the same time. We invite the public to come to our shelter to enjoy fun carnival games with prizes, a celebrity dunk tank (including Mike Quimby, Johnny Molson from Alice 97.7, Greg Bishop from Bishop On Air on WMAY and more to be announced), Christmas scavenger hunt, kettle corn from Sugar Bear Kettle Corn plus other food and more. Also, since the event is at APL (1001 Taintor Rd, Springfield), you can visit all of our dogs and cats living at the shelter and get a tour. All animals adopted that day will receive a special Christmas Came Early for Me adoption goody bag to go with them to their new home.
  8:00PM n/a Grace Among the Leavings   Theatre in the Park at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic site will provide a free staged reading of a new play entitled, Grace Among the Leavings by Beverly Fisher, as a community service providing ‘access to the arts' on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the indoor theatre of the Visitor's Center. Grace Among the Leavings is about Grace Meadows, who measures her world caught in the Civil War. This story shares the wisdom of innocence as the feisty young narrator and her family struggle to survive from 1865-1866 in Bransford, Tennessee. This deeply moving story covers the tragedy and issues of slavery, self-determination, the privileges of class, and the sacrifices made to escape tension, confusion and contradictions of the war that surround her. No ticket is required for this event. Seating is available to the first 200 people who come to the indoor theatre at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact TIP's Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-241-3241, or click here
  8:00PM 10:00PM Star Gazing at Lincoln Memorial Garden   Dr. John Martin and fellow members of the Sangamon Astronomical Society, will bring telescopes out to the Cawley Meadow at Lincoln Memorial Garden to allow visitors views of the night sky. You will be able to discover some of the amazing objects that can be seen overhead at night. We will meet at the Nature Center at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, although donations are always welcome.

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