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Postings for July 30, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
 
  All Day 1ST NIGHT POSTER ART CONTEST – CALL FOR ENTRIES   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for entries for a poster contest to promote this year’s annual First Night® Springfield which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2013. Original graphic artwork may be submitted in a vertical or horizontal format not to exceed 11 by 17 inches. A hard copy, as well as CD with the design in .pdf, .jpg, or .tif format, must be submitted for consideration. Designs should reflect a “Celebration of the Arts.” The winning design will be selected by the First Night Planning Committee, which is made up of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The winner receives a prize of $100. The artwork becomes the property of the Arts Council and is reprinted on a variety of First Night promotional materials and unveiled at a future press conference. It is suggested that interested artists view the full collection of previous First Night posters on display at the Arts Council office. The deadline for submitting artwork is 5:30 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013. For more information, contact Penny Wollan-Kriel at the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 753-3519 or office@springfieldartsco.org.
 
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
 
  12:00PM 1:00PM Artist on the Plaza   Every Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 4, outdoor performance including instrumental, vocal, dance and musical theater. A program of the Springfield Area Arts Council (217-753-3519). http://www.springfieldartsco.org/
 
  7:00AM 5:30PM Summer Day Camp   The Springfield Park District is taking registrations for the Nelson Center Summer Day Camp. Camp begins June 3 and runs through August 17 (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Kids ages 5 -12 can attend and participate in various outdoor activities including swimming, games and themed weeks. Swimming lessons are provided as well. For additional information, please contact Jeremy Bonnett at 753-2800 or by email at jeremyb@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
 
  7:00PM 8:00PM 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Flag Lowering   Every Tuesday evening the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry will conduct a flag lowering ceremony. The flag that has hung over Lincoln's Tomb will be given to a lucky visitor. Must be present to win. Pricing & Ticket Info: $0
 
  5:30PM 6:45PM Lincoln’s Funeral: Distant Memories   Every Tuesday night at the Receiving Vault at 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Free admission. Contact 217-782-2717 or visit www.lincolntomb.org.
 
  5:30PM 8:00PM Vacation Bible School   At Kingdom Rock VBS, kids discover how to stand strong for God! Kingdom Rock is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences. Kids see, hear, touch and even taste! A meal is provided so bring your appetite. Sugar Creek Church 1022 New City Rd, Chatham (across from Ball Elementary 217.483.2270
 
  8:00AM 11:55PM Logan County Fair   Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th St. July 30 through August 4, 8 a.m. to midnight. 217-732-3311.
 
  10:00AM 2:00PM Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest   "Growing Up Wild: Spouts Ahoy." Dive beneath the ocean to learn about whales and dolphins. Film will be shown on Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. Free and open to the public. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or 782-5993.

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