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  All Day Lions Club Rain Barrel Fundraiser   As a new fundraiser this Spring, the Springfield Noon Lions Club is selling rain barrels at discounted prices. Plastic 55-gallon rain barrels are available in black, blue, grey, and terra cotta for $70. Oak 54-gallon rain barrels are available for $155 if they are unfinished and $170 if they are refinished. Accessories such as downspout diverters and pedestals are also available. The brochure and order form can be viewed at www.springfieldnoonlions.com. Color photographs of the rain barrels are available at www.upcycle-products.com. Orders will be taken from April 1 until May 10. Rain barrels will be available for pick up on May 18 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 829 South 11th Street, Springfield (at the former Glass Specialty location). Customers of City Water, Light & Power may be eligible for a $25 rebate.
 
  All Day Dog Days of Spring   Dogs are faithful, loyal, and love their owners without question. Whether young or old, rich or poor, clever or dull, most dog owners love their pets as much, if not more as their family members. The upcoming “Dog Days of Spring” event will be hosted to honor these beloved dogs and their special family connection. “Dog Days of Spring” event captures a photographic portrait of your family dog. A portrait you are sure to treasure a lifetime. This event will consist of a portrait session of a family dog with session fees being donated to the Animal Protective League (APL). APL is partnering with Terry Farmer Photography this spring to promote awareness and raise funds for APL’s important animal welfare work. APL is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured, abused or homeless animals, and coordinating the adoption of those animals with responsible pet owners. APL also operates a high quality, lowcost spay/neuter clinic that is helping to end animal overpopulation. APL gives priority to sick and injured strays in our community. Each year, with the help of generous donors APL is able to house, rehabilitate, and adopt out, over 1,500 animals every year! Supporting “Dog Days of Spring” and APL are local personalities including Justin Fowler (The State JournalRegister), Rick Brandt (Brandt Consolidated), Jeff Ball (Hanson Professional Services), Lucy Bagot (Ace Hardware), Bob Ritz (St. John’s Hospital), and Susan Koch (University of Illinois Springfield) to name a few. Call us at 698-6000 for a complete list. Local personalities portraits will be on display for the public to view on April 19-30, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Town and Country Bank at 3601 Wabash Avenue, Springfield. Join others in the community in helping APL, and have a photo taken during “Dogs Day of Spring” with your best friend ... the family dog. Call now at 217-698-6000 to schedule a “Dog Days of Spring” dog portrait between March 1 and April 30, 2013.
 
  All Day Amateur Photography Contest   his photo contest is open to all amateur photographers including a youth division for ages 12 and under. Photos must be taken within Washington Park. Prizes will be awarded in youth, young adult, and adult divisions. Photos will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall from May 1 through May 19. Phone or stop and pick up an entry form. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES: Friday, April 19, 2013 The Washington Park Botanical Garden, along with PSC Digital, will be having their Annual Amateur Photography Contest. All entries must be submitted by Monday, April 19, 2013 at 4 p.m. in order to be included in the contest and display. The photographs will be on display from May 1 through May 19. 1. An amateur photographer is anyone who derives less than 5% of their income from photography. 2. Photos may be taken with any make of camera and entries may be in black and white or color, but must be taken within Washington Park and have botanical/nature subject matter. 3. Photographs containing subject matter deemed inappropriate will not be permitted or eligible in the contest. 4. Prints can be no larger than 11”X 14” and must be matted on an 11”X 14” foam board. 5. If submitting a photograph that has been framed please remove it from its frame before submitting. 6. Limited to one entry per participant. 7. There are three categories: Adult, Young Adult (13 to 17 yr. olds), and Junior (12 yr. olds and younger). 8. PSC Digital graciously will be donating prize gift certificates to their store for the winners. Entries can be delivered to the Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette, Monday – Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm or Saturday & Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Entries may also be mailed to 1740 W. Fayette, Springfield, IL 62704. All entries must be at the Garden by April 19, 2013 in order to be eligible for the contest and display. For more information or a more detailed list of rules please contact the Washington Park Botanical Garden at (217) 546-4116
 
  All Day Flower Power Fundraiser   Buy flowers and help cats! For every purchase made on the flower power fundraising website, the ranch will receive 50% back..... http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com.......... Click on the Place and Order and then type Forever Home Feline Ranch in for the organization. All funds raised are going to be used to spay and neuter the many kittens we are taking in this season. Thank you for your continued support! We are a 100% volunteer organization and wouldn't be where we are at today without our volunteers. Whether you donate time, money or spread the word you are making a difference in the lives of many cats.
 
  All Day Free public screening HBO' The Laramie Project   When crime happens, it doesn’t happen to just one person. It happens to a person’s family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, associates, and an entire community. In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden (CVMPG) is hosting a public viewing of HBO’s The Laramie Project in partnership with Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to all. The Laramie Project provides an example of how far reaching the effects of crime can be. In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 22 year old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, robbed, tortured, severely beaten and left for dead. He was found 18 hours later, tied to a fence post, unconscious, and barely breathing. Despite a heroic fight, Matthew’s body gave way a few days later when he died as a result of severe head injuries. In the aftermath of this crime, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled from New York to Wyoming to conduct over 200 interviews with residents of Laramie. The Laramie Project is a compilation of those interviews which chronicle a community’s reaction to crime. Sandra Kemp, Director of CVMPG describes the movie in the following way: “The Laramie Project is being based upon real voices from real people. Therefore, it provides a perfect opportunity for genuine reflection and a foundation for learning.” HBO’s presentation of The Laramie Project takes audience members on a journey through the life (and death) of a victim as it explores such issues as tolerance, justice, grief, fear, victim blame, re-victimization, the power of the media, the criminal justice process, violence, peace, compassion, bullying, and the seeds of hate. Victim Services Provider Fair will be held in conjunction with the event. Resource materials on the topics of victimization, trauma, recovery, mental health, criminal and civil justice, and the types of services available to victims of crime to include Crime Victims’ Compensation will be on display and available to attendees. The Victim Service Providers’ Fair is designed to link governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to create a better referral network for victims. CVMPG serves as the umbrella for which other individuals, agencies and organizations who are committed to supporting victims can partner to help raise awareness of crime victims’ rights and services. Participation in the Victim Services Provider Fair is free. Anyone interested in participating or providing resource materials, should contact Sandra Kemp, Director, CVMPG at 636-579-2736 or sk.kemp@yahoo.com.rnrn. Events are scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Erin’s Pavilion, 4965 South Second Street. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the Victim Services Provider Fair. The Laramie Project will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The first 50 attendees will receive an official National Crime Victims’ Rights Week goodie bag which includes a t-shirt, identity theft protection kit, a copy of the book A Face In the Crowd, Forget Me Not seed packets, a booklet about on internet safety, a bookmark and magnet imprinted with hotline numbers for national organizations who serve victims of crime and much more. rnrnThe evening will conclude with an after show discussion and a candlelight vigil as an homage to crime victims everywhere. To ensure adequate seating, groups larger than 5 are requested to contact Sandra Kemp at 636-579-2736 or sk.kemp@yahoo.com. Event is made possible through a Community Awareness Project Grant provided by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. rnrnAbout National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: In 1982, President Ronald Reagan formed a Task Force to explore how victims were treated throughout the criminal justice process. In response to those findings, he signed the Victims’ of Crime Act (VOCA) into law. Created to provide assistance to victims in the aftermath of a crime, VOCA is funded through fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders. No tax dollars are used. VOCA helps to finance state crime victim compensation programs and local crisis response centers. Examples include those who serve rape victims, victims of domestic violence, and victims of child abuse and neglect, just to name a few. In addition, personnel assigned the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who provide direct services to victims are paid through VOCA funding. Each year since 1981, communities nationwide have been encouraged to raise awareness of crime victims’ rights. rnrnAbout Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden: The Crime Victims’ Memorial Peace Garden was born 3 years ago during a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week planning meeting. Once fully developed, CVMPG will provide a place for victims of crime and those who support them to reflect, honor, and heal. rn
 
  6:00PM 8:00PM Backgammon Club   Play Backgammon. The Sangamon Valley Backgammon Association plays every Wednesday night at the Capitol Teletrack, 1766 Wabash, in the Chatham Square Shopping Center, Springfield. 6 p.m. Come and enjoy this very exciting game. Call Randy for more info 217-622-9447.
 
  7:00PM 10:00PM All About Dance   7-8 p.m. Line dance lessons every Wednesday night at the VFW #755 Open Dance 8-10 p.m. Swing, Country 2Step, Night Club Two Step, Waltz, Rumba and Tango. DJ/Instructor Marilyn Ferry. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road/ 217-546-9515
 
  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 bobbarrett@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
 
  10:00AM 2:00PM NOAA Weather Alert Radio Distribution   Springfield Township will once again this spring be distributing NOAA weather alert radios. A small $5 fee to help cover administration of the program will be collected. Individuals must provide proof of Springfield Township residency. Individuals receiving radios last year will not be eligible. To reserve your radio, contact the Springfield Township administrative office at 525-1464 only between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 16 or 17. Radios will be distributed on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. Reserved radios may be picked up between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 with proof of residency.

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