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Postings for August 15, 2012 Full Month View
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  All Day Piano played at the Lincoln's wedding on display   The Lincolns' wedding was held in the Edwards' parlor on Nov. 4, 1842. The piano is on long-term loan from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tours begin on the hour; suggested donation $3 per person. 523-2631, e-mail: collections@springfieldart.org.
 
  All Day Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War   The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit runs through 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” opens about a month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the first Civil War battle with massive casualties on a scale that indicated what the remaining years of the war would bring. Glenna Schroeder-Lein is the curator, and she worked closely with an exhibits team consisting of John Malinak, Michael Casey, Carla Smith, Katie Grant, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, staff from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and numerous community groups, institutions, and individuals to create the exhibit. The experiences of actual soldiers are prevalent throughout the exhibit, including quotes and photographs, lending a human touch to the horror of war. Some of the images come from original medical files and graphically depict the effects of deadly weapons and even deadlier germs on the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers. Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  All Day “Primp Your Pit (bull)”   With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Animal Protective League is helping to solve the problem with its “Primp Your Pit (bull)” spay/neuter promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the month of August, APL will spay/neuter pit bulls for a special rate of $20, including a free nail trim. The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, and research shows that the procedure can improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections. In an effort to prevent unwanted litters of pit bulls, this special rate during the “Primp Your Pit (bull)” event applies to all residents of Springfield and surrounding areas. Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit (bull)” promotion when they schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability. Please visit www.apl-shelter.org or call 217-789-SPAY (7729) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
 
  All Day MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS – NOMINATIONS WANT   The Office of the Mayor and the Springfield Area Arts Council announce the availability of Nomination Forms for the 2012 Mayor's Awards for the Arts. These Awards recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council. The six award categories include Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Arts Volunteer, Arts Educator, Exceptional Arts Student, and Business or Corporation committed to the Arts. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 P. M. on Monday, September 17, 2012. The awards selection committee, to be appointed by the Mayor, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories. Since the first presentation in 1985, eighty-eight (88) awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at 5:30 P. M. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This year is the 19th presentation of the awards. Recipients receive artwork created by a Sangamon or Menard county artist and selected by previous award creators. Nomination Forms for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts will be available after August 13 at the Office of the Mayor, the Springfield Area Arts Council, Lincoln Library, Petersburg Public Library, Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, Springfield Art Association, or online at www.springfieldartsco.org. For additional information, please contact the Arts Council office at 420 South Sixth Street or by phone (753-3519) or email (office@springfieldartsco.org).
 
  All Day OPENINGS IN PRESCHOOL FALL CLASSES   Springfield Park District’s Preschool in the Park has openings in their fall classes. Washington Park Preschool has morning and afternoon classes available in the 3’s and 4 year old class. Lincoln Park Preschool has morning and afternoon classes available in the 3’s class. Preschool starts September 4 for the three’s and September 5 for the four’s. The three year olds come on Tue, Thur. and the four year olds come on Mon., Wed., and Fri. For questions, or to register please call Debbie at 546-3970 For more information on Park District programs and events please visit www.springfiedlparks.org.
 
  12:00PM 1:30PM First Steps: Moms Support Group   This group gives moms and their babies the opportunity to meet in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Moms can bring a brown bag lunch and join in lively informative conversations conducted by Birth Center nurses. The group meets on the fourth floor of the Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children’s Center at St. John’s Hospital every Wednesday from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. There is no charge for this service and no registration required. Phone: 744-2229.
 
  12:30PM 11:55PM Bridge Games   Bridge Games every Wednesday 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., 3900 Wood Duck Dr., For a partner 726-9456 or Stevie Holcomb 670-1003 for a partner.
 
  6:30PM 9:00PM Springfield Chess Club   6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays in the food court at White Oaks Mall. Chess playing for club members and the public. In addition the club meets twice a month on the second and fourth Friday evenings at Barnes and Noble. For further information, contact David Long at 726-2584.
 
  9:00AM 5:55PM Gettysburg Address goes on display   One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Paid Museum admission is required to view the document. The handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address was last publicly displayed at the Museum during Lincoln’s Birthday observances February 9 – 13, 2012. There are five original handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address. Two incomplete ones are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one he signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker on November 19, 1863 at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to the State of Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III. Illinois’s copy contains the two famous additional words “under God” that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies. Displayed nearby will be an original 1880 letter written by Thomas Edison, never before shown, in which the famed inventor praises Lincoln's greatness. Beginning on September 5, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on display through January 2013. This display will mark the 150th anniversary of the presidential order that freed all slaves in rebel-held territory. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation are part of the 52,000-item Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Pieces from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, and range from the earliest known document written by Lincoln to items belonging to his wife and children. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  7:00AM 10:00PM Registration Open for Memorial’s Transplant 5K   Memorial Medical Center’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk is now accepting registrations. The eighth annual run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Washington Park in Springfield. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for 12-year-olds and younger. The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Participants can visit MemorialTransplantServices.com to register online or to print out a registration form to mail in. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A brief program will begin at 8 a.m. Bill Coon, a double heart transplant and kidney transplant recipient, is the featured speaker. The Fireside Relics will perform during the event. Proceeds go to the hospital’s transplant fund, which assists transplant patients with emergent needs and provides education for patients and staff. For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 788-3441.
 
  10:00AM 3:00PM Holding Hands with History   The Illinois State Historical Society is pleased to announce a exhibition of paintings by Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith, celebrating the life of Abraham Lincoln. "Holding Hands with History: The Life of Abraham Lincoln in the Context of Our National History, 1775-1865," an exhibit of watercolor paintings from Smith's "American Legacy Collection," will be on display from July 14-September 21, 2012, at the A. Lincoln National Museum of Surveying, 521 East Washington in Springfield. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Fort more information call 217-525-2781. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is by donation; the exhibition is free with admission to the museum. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, visit kaysmithartist.com or historyillinois.org
 
  1:00PM 5:30PM Dwayne Wood Benefit   This event is to help raise money to off set the costs of an unexpected funeral and burial. Its is being held at the VFW in Springfield on Stockyard Rd on Aug 26th from 1pm-5:30pm. There will be food,cash bar,money boards,music,live auction and lots of fun!
 
  10:00AM 4:00PM Adoption Tax Credit Seminar   If you or anyone you know has adopted a child between 2005-2011 then please attend this seminar. With the changes in the Adoption Tax Credit many adoptive parents are unaware of these valuable changes. Date: Aug. 18, 2012 Times: 10 am, 12,2,&4 pm Location: Madison Adoption Associates 128 N. John St., Ste 2 Rochester, IL 62563 Contact us: 618-532-7223 1-888-7ADOPT0 becky@billstax2.com Limited seating available, so please register!
 
  4:00AM 6:30PM Icecream Social   New Salem United Methodist Church will be having the icecream social on August 19,2012. Serving: icecream,desserts,drinks for $4.00. Barbeque sandwiches w/chips for $3.00. Hot dogs for $1.00. Directions: Follow west on Veterans Parkway on past Koke Mill, keep west on past Riddle Hill, follow on until you see the Jubilee Farm on the left, to 1/2 block past is the church on the left with sign in the yard. 6858 Old Jacksonville Rd. For more info or questions to call: 217-787-4147.
 
  12:00PM 11:00PM Landen Vollmer Benefit   4 year old Landen from Auburn passed away July 25 from complications after a heart procedure. Please come & support this family! Poker run, washer tournament, 50/50 tickets, live & silent auction & other events. Funds are needed to help his family with medical & funeral costs. Where: Pudock's Hideout in Thayer When: August 25, 2012 Time: Poker Run-sign up noon to 1:00pm Washer Tournament-sign up 5:00 to 6:00pm DJ- 8:00 to midnight For more info call 217-836-6556
 
  5:00AM 7:00PM Volunteers Needed for Saddle Up!   Saddle Up! is United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln’s therapeutic horseback riding program for children with disabilities. Training for volunteers is Tuesday, August 21st 2012, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The program is held in Pawnee on Tuesday nights from 4:45 p.m. – 7 p.m., from August 28th, 2012 through November 6th, 2012. Please contact Amanda Miller to volunteer at (217) 525-6522 or amiller@ucpll.org.
 
  4:00PM 7:00PM IDOT Needs to Hear From You!   Illinois Department of Transportation will hold an open house public hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement recommending Alternative 2A, which consolidates the 3rd Street rail corridor onto 10th Street, and makes safety and travel improvements to the 19th Street corridor. Please show your support for Alternative 2A on Wednesday, August 15 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 East Adams Street. To submit your comments supporting Alternative 2A electronically, send an email with the subject line "Draft EIS" to Joseph.Shacter@Illinois.gov.
 
  8:30PM 11:00PM The Muni Presents Disney's Beauty & The Beast   After a handsome but conceited prince treats a beggar woman poorly, the woman transforms into a beautiful enchantress and curses the prince to live as a hideous beast. Further, the prince's staff is all transformed into objects to do with their profession. The prince is given a magical mirror to view the outside world. To break the spell, he needs to learn to love a person for who they are, and get her to love him before a magical rose loses its petals. Meanwhile in a nearby village, a beautiful young bookworm (Belle) feels lonely and out of place. She lives with her eccentric but kind father, Maurice. Soon, Maurice goes off to compete at an inventors' fair but gets lost in the woods and ends up a prisoner at the beast's castle. Belle eventually finds the castle and makes a deal with the beast to let her father go in return for her staying there with the beast. As the beast's inner kindness slowly reveals itself, Belle grows to be in love with him. However, a jilted, self-centered and overly-masculine suitor from Belle's village, Gaston, takes a posse to 'save' her from the beast. Gaston ends up stabbing the beast. Luckily, when Belle rushes to the beast and expresses her love for him, he comes back to life again as a handsome prince. For ticket information please go to www.themuni.org. All performances begin at 8:30pm.

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