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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:
  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
  All Day 9th Annual Comedy in the City   The Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield, Inc. is a 503c non-profit organization that helps pregnant women and their families with prenatal care, counseling, nutrition, parenting and other resources. This year, the Comedy in the City event on November 2nd is featuring a hypnotist/comedian, Dan Ladd from the St. Louis area. The evening includes dinner, a raffle, a wine wall and a live auction. The cost of tickets is $50 per person. For questions, please call the Pregnancy Care Center at 525-5630. Thank you.
  All Day Jacksonville Main Street’s Pumpkin Fest   Jacksonville Main Street’s Pumpkin Fest, come join us in the Historic Downtown Square for a weekend of FREE family fun! Contact Judy Tighe at 245.6884 for more information
  All Day Taylorville Fire Station Tour for special needs   The Taylorville Fire Protection District with the Autism Society of Central Illinois will be hosting a free fire safety event. This event will provide those with special needs and their families in Taylorville & surrounding communities with first-hand experience with emergency personnel, equipment and procedures. Safety issues will be addressed in a positive, adaptive and predictable manner with consideration of individual sensory needs and learning levels.
  1:00PM 7:30PM Corn Maze   The Venturing & Exploring Officers Association is hosting a corn maze on Saturdays & Sundays from 1PM til dusk from Sept 8th to Oct 28th. The corn maze is located on Kenny Road 2 miles west of the Franklin-Alexander Road, near Franklin, IL. Enjoy fun, food, and games while helping local Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts raise funds for their activities. For more info call Bob at 217-585-0367 or and click on events & programs.
  7:00AM 12:00PM Jacksonville Farmers Market   Jacksonville Farmers Market, at Lincoln Square Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, through October 7 a.m. – Noon or ‘til sold out –
  8:00AM 12:00PM Fall Bird Hikes   Lincoln Memorial Garden will be offering its traditional morning bird hikes this month on every Saturday morning in October. Our popular birding expert, Kevin Veara, will be leading bird hikes on Saturday mornings, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. These hikes are open to all skill levels of birders and begin at 8 a.m. at the Nature Center. The hikes are free.
  12:00PM 5:00PM Grand Opening of Homestead Holiday   James Millikin Homestead ∙ 125 North Pine Street, Decatur A partnership of Shop On Main and the James Millikin Homestead. The home will be filled with holiday decorations, accessories and gifts and much more! A portion of proceeds benefit the Homestead as you experience the skills and creativity of Shop On Main throughout the home. Stop by Tuesday - Friday noon to 5 or Saturday noon to 4. Plan a wine/cheese or cookie party with private shopping. A great place to visit for a girls day out and a great way to help a community organization! Free Admission & Free Parking For more information call Events Plus at 217.233.3391
  12:00PM 8:00PM Art for Adoption!   Who & Why: Fundraiser for Brandon & Nikki (Harr) Goodall’s upcoming adoption of their daughter, Olive a beautiful "special needs" girl from China! What: Soup Supper & Silent Auction of Art. Handmade items including: paintings, drawings, crocheting/knitting, quilts, jewelry & more! Just in time for Christmas! When: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012, Noon-8:00 pm Where: Waverly American Legion 136 East State Street, Waverly, IL 62692 Find the event on Facebook - Look for “Art for Adoption”!
  6:00AM 10:30PM Junior Welfare Association Trivia or Treat   JWA’s Trivia or Treat (6th Annual) Saturday, October 27, 2012 6:00 pm Doors open 6:30 pm Trivia begins Skywalker International Sports Complex 400 E. Eldorado St. Decatur, IL $160 per team Teams up to 8 (must be 21) Cash Bar and Concessions Available No outside drinks but snacks welcome Contact email: All proceeds will benefitJWA signature programs which includes the Deb Collier Shoe Fund, Girls Athletic Fund, Homeless Initiative/Totes for Tots as well as our grants that will be used to help feed families and individuals who due to rising food costs can no longer support themselves
  8:00AM 12:00PM Halloween at the Market   The Old Capitol Farmers’ Market, a Downtown Springfield, Inc. event, presented by St. John’s Hospital will host the annual Halloween at the Market, Saturday, October 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This festive event wraps up the 2012 market season. The Market is located in downtown Springfield, on Adams Street, between 5th and 2nd Streets Children can pick up a Bingo card from farmer vendors and “trick or treat” for stickers. Once the entire sheet is filled in, make sure to drop it off at the St. John’s booth located on the NW corner of 4th & Adams for prizes and give-a-ways. Children ages 0-12 can register at the booth beginning at 9:30 a.m.; contest judging for children begins at 11:00 a.m. Kim Leistner of will emcee the contest and announce winners in three age categories and award prizes compliments of HSHS Medical Group Canine contestants can register at the Illinois Humane booth beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the canine costume contest beginning at 12 noon. Prizes for the Canine Contest include gifts from Incredibly Delicious, Nature Select Pet Foods, Miggy Lane Gourmet Dog Bakery, Comfy Critters Pet Sitter, Dal Acres Boarding and Grooming, Dog Class Behavior Training, The Cardologist, Healing Hands Pet Massage and Pet Sitting Services, You Go Pet Sitting, and Illinois Humane. Illinois National Bank will host “Scooby Doo” from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Springfield Youth Performance Group, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. and Chef Michael Higgins of Maldaner’s Restaurant will conduct a Kid-Friendly Cooking Demonstration using fresh market produce, also at 10 a.m. The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will conduct a Mobile Blood Drive at the Market from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free bags and t-shirts will be given to all donors. To sign up in advance call Jessica Becker, Donor Relations Consultant, at 217-241-7534. Walk-ins also welcome! The Old Capitol Farmers’ Market is coordinated by Downtown Springfield, Inc. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, 217.544.1723, or
  6:00PM 10:00PM Gangsters, Gals & Gumshoes   Gangsters, Gals & Gumshoes Richards Treat Center, Millikin University An evening of unique fun & food with entertainment by Millikin University Theatre Department to benefit the James Millikin Homestead. Put on your pearls or wingtips and join us as we attempt to solve the mystery at hand. For easier entry to the speakeasy, come dressed to kill. Tickets $85 For more information call Events Plus at 217.233.3391
  7:00PM 10:55PM FREE Organ Concert to Benefit The Salvation Army   The Salvation Army of Sangamon County will benefit from a Free Organ Concert, light show and interpretative dance on Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh Street in Springfield. Lighting artist Stephen Tankersley will add special effects to accentuate and bring to life the rich music. Choreographer Elizabeth Cheney of Springfield Dance has created interpretive movement with ethereal costuming to round out a magical experience of light, sound, and expressive dance to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. We invite you to dress for the concert — all in black, all in white, in costume — in order to participate more fully in the sensations of this unique experience. The concert itself is free: we will gladly accept donations to benefit the Springfield Salvation Army.
  8:00PM 11:55PM Night at the Hockenhull Building   27 Night at the Hockenhull Building, haunted tour. Located Downtown Jacksonville from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost is $45.00 per person and must be 18 and older to attend! For reservations visit .

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