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Postings for November 21, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Holiday Book Drive   The 4th annual Holiday Book Drive will take place during the month of November. New books for children (ages birth to age 12) are being collected and will be distributed at Christmas time to needy children in the area, You can help by dropping off new books at one of the following sites: Chatham Area Public Library, Chatham Presbyterian Church, Rochester High School, Rochester Elementary (2-3 building), Williamsville Library, Williamsville Methodist Church, Sherman Elementary, Trinity Lutheran Preschool Auburn, State Journal Register, Safe School Program (Capital Career Center), or Bridge Club of Springfield. Checks may be made out to Holiday Book Drive and sent to Bank & Trust P.O. Box 228 Chatham, IL 62629. Every dollar donated will go directly to the purchase of new books.
  6:30PM 8:30PM GROW in Illinois Mental Health   GROW in Illinois Mental Health - 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12-step support program for emotional, mental health issues, coping or addictions. Anonymous, free, confidential, open to all. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave. W, Springfield, 217-816-1083. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave W
  6:00PM n/a McBrian Lincoln Toastmasters   Weekly meeting on Thursdays of a club dedicated to helping individuals improve their leadership and communication skills at Our Savior's Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd.
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
  9:00AM 5:00PM Gettysburg Address 150   Special displays, videos, films and events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. On Wednesday, Nov. 20, Union Theater hosts a special roundtable of historians discussing the address and its legacy, followed by a dramatic presentation based on speeches inspired by the Gettysburg Address. The roundtable includes James Cornelius, curator of the presidential library’s Lincoln Collection; Martin Johnson, author of “Writing the Gettysburg Address”; Holly Kent, a history professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. They’ll explore the meaning and legacy of the address. Part of that legacy is the way Lincoln’s speech inspired others. After the roundtable, a special presentation will dramatize that inspiration as actors read portions of other speeches delivered at Gettysburg. They’ll present the words of Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Brokaw and more. Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 24, Union Theater will screen the documentary “The Gettysburg Story,” a gorgeous look at the battlefield, the address and their place in history. Filmmaker Jake Boritt will be on hand to answer questions from the audience. The movie runs at 3 p.m. Reservations for the free event can be made at
  5:45PM n/a Lung Cancer Education Event   Free radon test kits will be available at a Lung Cancer Education event sponsored by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois (RCP) at 5:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Dove Conference Center in the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital, 619 E. Mason St. in Springfield. The event is open to the public. Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, professor and chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of the SIU Lung Clinic, and Dr. Joseph Henkle, professor and chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, will also discuss lung cancer, the effects of second-hand smoke and the newest treatments for lung disease at the event. Patrick Daniels from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will talk about radon, which is also a significant cause of lung cancer. “November is lung cancer awareness month, and the 21st specifically is the Great American Smokeout,” said Celeste Wiley, chair of RCP. “We will have information on smoking cessation available and provide the opportunity for the public to hear two area experts discuss lung health as well as learn more about radon.” Light refreshments will also be available. Registration will start at 5:15 p.m.
  7:00PM 8:00PM 50th Anniversary Open House of TOPS IL 0290   Thursday November 21, 2013, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) IL0290 is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of the chapter. An Open House will be held from 7 pm to 8 pm at the Eastview Baptist Church, 2277 Black Avenue, Spfld. We would like to extend an invitation to former members and interested people who wish information about TOPS to attend. TOPS Club, Inc. is an international, nonprofit, noncommercial, weight loss support organization. Web site for information about TOPS is
  7:00PM 8:00PM Backyard Birding Identification   Springfield Audubon Society Program: Chris Young, Outdoor Editor at the State Journal-Register, and Wade Kammin, owner of Springfield’s Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss their new backyard birding video series featured on and will offer backyard birding identification tips and advice. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 2315 Clear Lake Avenue, Springfield, 62703. For more information, contact Jo Fessett, or 217-544-2473. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

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