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Postings for July 31, 2014 Full Month View
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  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 Decatur Celebration   Come join the hundreds of thousands that blanket the streets of Downtown Decatur during this family street festival. Everyone is certain to find something that will excite them at one of the Midwest's largest street festivals. Families will enjoy a carnival, wine garden, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtime Parade, food and art vendors, and 10 stages of live music, some with national headlining bands! There's even an entire block dedicated just to kids! At Kid's Block, children will enjoy games, shows, and prizes. Don't miss out! Thursday, July 31, 2014 The Family Night at the Carnival 4–11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 10 a.m. – Tate & Lyle Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade 11 a.m.– 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Learn more at  
  All Day School Supply Drive   Rochester Public Library is hosting a School Supply Drive and will be accepting donations of school supply related items. Items can be dropped off at the library, located in Rochester, during normal business hours. All items will be donated to local school children that are in need of supplies. For additional information regarding this supply drive, please contact the library at (217) 498-8454 and ask for Susan.
 
  6:15PM n/a Chatham Kiwanis Club Meeting   Chatham Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday at the Chatham Public Library at 6:15 p.m.
 
  7:00PM 7:30PM Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Free Concerts   The Springfield Park District is pleased to announce spring/summer hours for concerts and tours at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Beginning May 1, free weekly concerts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Concerts are 30 minutes and take place rain or shine. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Gardens with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Tours are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (one tour) and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 8:00 pm (tours every 30 minutes). Every tour includes a live carillon performance. Admission: adults - $3.50; students - $2.75. The Rees Carillon, a 12-story tower with three observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city's highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7 1/2 tons. Enjoy an "insider's view" of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register from 1881 until his death in 1933. Among the world's largest and heaviest carillons, the quality of the bells coupled with the tower's location in Washington Park distinguish the Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments. For additional information, visit www.carillon-rees.org or http://www.springfieldparks.org/facilities/carillon/
 
  4:00PM 7:00PM Illinois Products Farmer's Market   The market will be held every Thursday evening through Oct. 16, except during the Illinois State Fair (Aug.7 and Aug. 14). It is located, as in years past, in the Commodities Pavilion across the street from the Grandstand. The hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "I'm proud to see the growth in this market year after year," Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. "Opportunities like this benefit everyone, the local farmers and food producers who sell products, the consumers who shop their produce stands, and the local economy, which is strengthened from the business activity. And with Springfield Clinic returning as our title sponsor for the third year, the market now is much more than just a great source of fresh produce and local food products, it is a source of health and wellness information as well." Physicians and staff from Springfield Clinic will offer marketgoers weekly health screenings, as well as educational programs related to nutrition, fitness and wellness throughout the summer. "At Springfield Clinic, we are committed to reaching out beyond the exam room to help improve the health and wellness of our patients and our community," Mark Kuhn, Chief Administrative Officer at Springfield Clinic, said. "The Illinois Products Farmers' Market offers wholesome, locally-grown and produced foods, making it an ideal venue for us to help patients achieve a healthier lifestyle." "Project Get Fit!" will participate in the market for a second straight year. The program, a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and the Springfield YMCA, offers incentives to youngsters ages 5 through 18 to participate in recreational programs at either of Springfield's YMCA branches. Those who do can earn "Healthy Bucks" for completing various Y activities and use the "cash" to buy fresh produce at the market. "Teaching children at a young age about the importance of an active lifestyle and a nutritious diet sets lifelong, healthy habits," Mike Mannion, the vice president of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, said. "The Healthy Bucks initiative is one step in educating young people, and represents what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois aims to accomplish for all Illinois children." The Illinois Products Farmers' Market accepts LINK cards. Program participants just need to bring their cards to the Illinois Department of Agriculture table to obtain tokens that can be used to purchase their desired food items. Beginning July 1, IPFM vendors also will accept Senior and WIC farmers' market coupons. For more information about the market, including a list of vendors and their products, a schedule of musical entertainment, visiting wineries and food trucks, cooking demos, kids' activities and the Springfield Clinic "Recipe of the Week," go online to http://www.illinoisproductmarket.com/.
 
  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.
 
  9:00AM 5:00PM Shapes of Influence   The M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association will be brimming with contemporary ceramics from July 18 through Sept. 6. The exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics by seventy one artists from 27 states and Taiwan, judged and curated by Harris Deller. Mr. Deller is an award winning ceramicist and professor Emertis in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Local artists represented in the exhibition are Kathy Adams, Paula Diaz- Sylvester, Bob Dixon, C. Fleck, Roland Folse, Chris Klaus, Debra Nickelson Smith, and Joyce Surbeck-Harris. The work ranges from traditional vessels like bowls and teapots to wall mounted and free standing sculptures. The exhibition will open Friday, July 18 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The awards include merchandise, three cash awards, and a Best of Show that awards a solo exhibition at the SAA in 2015. Sponsors for the prizes include: Spice of Life, Mecca Pottery Tools, Giffin Grip, and Wizi Wig Tools. The newly renovated M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. It is located at 700 N. 4th Street and is open free to the public. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Association at 217-523-2631 or www.springfieldart.org.

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