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Postings for March 16, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day "PROM It Forward" Event   From March 11 – March 23, donate your gently used formal gowns and gown accessories – all styles and sizes welcome at the Springfield YMCA. Vintage, classic or retro! Help make somebody's Prom extra special this spring Then join the Springfield YMCA for the "Prom It Forward" event on Saturday, March 23 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Every girl dreams of the perfect prom. This free pre-prom event will include door prizes, health and beauty inspiration, picture perfect tips, prom vendors and a collection of gently used gowns to choose from.
  All Day The Event   complete with Broadway-style vocals, high-powered choreography, and lively instrumentals -- will take Glenwood High School by storm for "The Event," the school's 1st annual show choir competition, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. "The Event" will be held in the Glenwood High School auditorium, 1501 E. Plummer Blvd., Chatham. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each day. Children age five or younger are free. A full menu of dinner, lunch and snack items will be available in the GHS commons throughout the entire competition. Coordinated by the Glenwood Choral Boosters and Titan Fever Show Choir, the program will begin with a junior high competition Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Unisex choirs will compete Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, with the mixed high school show choirs competing 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The finalists will perform again from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with awards presented at 10 p.m. Titan Fever, Glenwood High School's award-winning show choir, will perform during "The Event" on Friday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in the GHS auditorium. Other local area choirs performing include Southeast High School's "Sensations," Springfield High School's "In Session," Franklin Middle School's "Fantastic Falcons," and Grant Middle School's "G-Force." Glenwood High School, 1501 Plummer Boulevard, Chatham
  All Day Alpaca Show   llinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave 217-632-2590 Exposition Building Admission: Free.
  8:00AM 9:00PM Lap and Swim Hours   The Springfield Park District will be offering after school lap swim hours beginning March 1 at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Spring Lap & Family Swim hours at Eisenhower Pool are as follows: Lap Swim Hours Monday - Friday 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m./ Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m./ Monday and Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. / Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Family Swim Hours: Friday 7 – 9 p.m./ Sunday 2 – 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett at 525-8847 or by email at . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at
  8:00AM 10:30PM Smokey Joe's Cafe   March 8-10 and 15-17, Fridays/Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts The Story: Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe's Cafe isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre. Songs include: Stand By Me, Fools Fall In Love, Hound Dog, On Broadway, Love Potion Number 9, Jailhouse Rock, I’m A Woman and many more. $17-$18. For more information, please go to
  10:00AM 9:00PM Pictures with the Easter Bunny   Easter Bunny hoppin into White Oaks Mall March 8 - 30. Come greet the Easter Bunny Have your picture taken with him ... He'll be hopping around lower level Macy's wing!
  8:00AM 12:00PM Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfas   Everyone is invited to partake as The Lincoln Memorial Gardens and Nature Center hosts their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast in the Nature Center. The event also features a Silent Auction fundraiser stocked with treasures and services donated by individuals and area businesses. The breakfast will be held two consecutive weekends in March, the 16th-17th and the 23rd-24th. Breakfast will be served on those Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to Noon. The auction offerings will be on display in the Nature Center throughout. Reservations are necessary for this popular breakfast to avoid the possibility of being turned away. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Please make reservations by calling 217-529-1111.
  10:00AM 11:00PM Poetry Hour   Vachel Lindsay Home and Vachel Lindsay Association are now presenting monthly poetry hours aimed at children. Each one will be devoted to a different subject that’s sure to entertain and educate. March 16 brings poems of spring. April 20 will be devoted to poems about poetry. And on May 18, as the school year ends, the focus will be poems about summer. The poetry hours begin at 10 a.m. The Lindsay home was built about 1850. Poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there in 1931. The home, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.
  10:00AM 12:00PM Sugar Creek UMC Easter Egg Hunt   Come and join the fun at Sugar Creek UMC for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. There will be games, prizes, entertainment, photo-op and more! Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Rd
  11:00AM 2:00PM APL Pet Adoptions   lThe Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during March with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all vaccinations. Adoptions will be held Saturday, March 16 – dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Hyundai, 1200 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield and Sunday, March 17 –cats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PetSmart Additionally kittens are available every day during regular business hours at Gizzy Lu. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at
  12:00PM 10:00PM St Patrick's Day Parade   Head downtown for the parade which starts at 12:00 and goes throughout Downtown Springfield. Springfield's 2013 St. Patrick's Day Marching Band Parade starts promptly at noon on Saturday, March 16, 2013. There is no rain date. This family-oriented parade kicks off one of the busiest days in downtown Springfield where 5th Street is closed from vehicle traffic until dusk to allow adult-aged crowd of Irish and Irish wannabees to walk freely from one establishment to another. On "the Saint's Parade Day," everyone in downtown Springfield proudly declares even a wee little bit of Irish heritage.
  6:00PM 10:00PM Feast For the Senses 2   Hoogland Center for the Arts Resident Artist David Cain, in collaboration with seven-time Grammy-winner Paul Wertico, will return to the HCFTA on Saturday, March 16 to present A Feast For The Senses 2. This performance will feature improvised melodies, innovative grooves, inspiring imagery, soulful words—all topped off by a gourmet dinner created by Chef Shaun Moore of Arena Food Service-- to create a sensory extravaganza that is not to be missed. David Cain is an award-winning performer, artist, filmmaker, author and composer. From his years on the roster of Geffen Records, to his pioneering multimedia performance art, to his collaborations with new age guru Deepak Chopra, David transports other-worldly inspirations to worldly expression, composing and orchestrating with sounds, words, a one-of-a-kind candy apple red tenor sax, iPad, synths, video art, dance. David has taught at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Robert Morris University, and is a founding faculty member of the Illinois Summer School for the Arts. Paul Wertico is one of the most versatile drummers in music today, earning such descriptions as that of “inspired madman” and “restless innovator.” Paul is internationally known for his work with the Pat Metheny Group, Paul Winter, Kurt Elling, Ken Nordine, Larry Coryell, etc., as well as his own groups. In addition to his 7 Grammy awards and 3 Gold Records, Paul was the Reader's Poll Winner, Modern Drummer Magazine & DRUM! Magazine and Chicago Tribune 2004 "Chicagoan of the Year." He is on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy, Chicago Chapter, and is a professor of jazz at Roosevelt University. Other collaborators in this experience include Larry Gray (upright bass, cello and flute), who has worked with numerous jazz legends, including Paul Wertico, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Branford Marsalis, Larry Corryell and others; and David Hoffman, a trumpet soloist and arranger for Ray Charles for 13 years. 6 p.m. - Meet and Greet with Artists 6:30 p.m. - Dinner by Chef Shaun Moore with Arena Catering 8 p.m. - Concert $75 for Meet and Greet, Dinner and Concert $30 for Concert only (Adults) $15 for Concert only (Students)
  7:00PM 10:00PM Boroff Family Trivia   Trivia night at the Springfield Elks Lodge #158 (409 East Lake Shore Drive). $10/person & maximum 8-member teams. Chili & baked goods will be available, as well as a cash bar. Come help the Boroff family raise the funds necessary to travel to China to get their daughter, as well as reduce the number of orphans in the world by one. Experienced emcee and question writer. Be prepared for a night of fun & laughter, as well as perhaps a bit of groaning. Questions by Amy Reynolds. Reserve tables via Brad -

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