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Postings for December 07, 2013 Full Month View
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  All Day Children's Holiday Store   The 24th Children's Holiday Store is the biggest funraiser for the Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. At the store children shop with the help of a volunteer while parents wait in the lobby. Gifts range from $1 to $10 so there is plenty of variety. Once they have found the "perfect" gift, children, bag and tag each gift with their volunteer before leaving the store. Open Saturday, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Location: Town & Country Shopping Center (between Chuck E Cheese and Tuesday Morning in the former Designer Chic store). The Children's Holiday Store Hours: Monday–Friday ….....4-8 p.m. Saturdays ……………10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays ………...…..noon-5 p.m.
  All Day COAT DRIVE   During the months of December and January, the Rochester Public Library will be holding their annual Coat Drive. Accepted articles for the collection will be new or gently used coats, both children and adults), hats, scarves, and gloves. Donations are being accepted at Rochester Public Library through the end of January at #1 Community Drive, in Rochester. For further information please contact Susan at (217) 498-8454.
  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.
  6:00PM 9:00PM Chatham "Light Up the Park" Holiday Display   Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. beginning the weekend of November 29 and 30 through December 20 and 21 at Chatham Community Park on South Main Street. The drive-through display will feature a sparkling winter forest, holiday-themed light displays, 20 lit arches, 100 lit candy canes, a giant Christmas Tree and a holiday polar express train to name a few. Donations are welcome with proceeds benefiting community parks and playground facilities. The event is sponsored by the Chatham Jaycees. For more information call 217-483-4553.
  9:30AM 11:00AM Historic Christmas at the Mansion   Thirty historic sites and museum are contributing their expertise and artistic flair to create a one-of-a-kind display of holiday decorations at the Illinois Executive Mansion this December. The public is invited to see the decorations every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the month. Free tours of "Historic Christmas at the Mansion" will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In addition, on Dec. 14 the mansion will participate in the Downtown Historic Home Christmas Open House from 12-5 p.m. Volunteers from several sites will be in period attire, demonstrating crafts from their era, selling merchandise and serving refreshments. The exhibit features unique trees decorated by staff and volunteers from places such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Dana-Thomas House, Elijah Iles House, Lincoln Home, Springfield Art Association-Edwards Place, David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Governor Duncan Mansion in Jacksonville, Quincy Museum, Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Lincoln Courthouse and Museum in Beardstown, and Central Illinois Decorative Artists. Dried materials from the Executive Mansion gardens will complement the decorated trees.
  5:00PM 8:00PM Holiday Lights at the Zoo   The dates for this year's lights display are Dec. 6-23 from 5-8 p.m. each evening. Admission is $3.25 per adult and $2.00 per child. The zoo is located at 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield 62712 and may be contacted at (217) 585-1821. More information about the zoo may be found at the zoo's website www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org.
  6:00PM 8:00PM Candlelight Open House   Dec. 6 and 7 - Candlelight Open House, 6-8 pm. The Elijah Iles House is lighted with candles for the public to enjoy. Costumed docents offer tours of the City's oldest house and its antique furnishings, trees are dressed in period adornments and refreshments are served. There is no charge.
  7:00PM n/a Land of Lincoln Chorus   The Land of Lincoln Chorus will present its annual cabaret show "Over There," a musical tribute to Veterans past and present on Dec. 6-7, 2013 at the Little Flower Recreation Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. The show starts at 7 p.m. preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 with a discount for veterans. For tickets call 217-953-0225 (daytime) or 217-871-9731 (evening) or visit www.landoflincolnchorus.org.
  8:00PM n/a Annie   Springfield Theatre Centre presents Annie at the Hoogland center for the Arts Dec. 6-8 and 13-15. Pre-show dinner at 6:30 p.m. catered by Arena Food Service! Dinner is $15 per person and reservations can be made online when purchasing a show ticket or by phone (523-2787). Reservations must be made by Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. For more information go to www.hcfta.org The Story A spunky orphan girl finds a home with a New York millionaire during the Depression, but must dodge the clutches of her evil orphanage mistress, in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan's musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip.
  7:30AM 1:00PM Alternative Holiday Fair   First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Boulevard, Springfield. An out-of-the ordinary shopping experience offering fair-trade goods from around the world, highlighting peace and justice and community agencies, serving international foods, including vegetarian dishes. Featuring fair-trade goods from SERRV International and Ten Thousand Villages. Friday supper, Saturday lunch, and also bake sale. What makes this an "alternative" holiday fair? The fair supports economic justice of artisans by selling their handcrafted items that have been purchased at fair prices; peace and justice and social agencies are on hand to share the good news of what they are accomplishing. Some sell their won fundraising items; and the fair re-focuses our attention on humanity. What is fair trade: It is an alternative approach to conventional international trade, which focuses on buying goods at the lowest cost to assure maximum profits. Fair trade is a trading partnership whose aim is to create better opportunities for craftspeople to be self-sustaining. Shoppers can be assured that their purchases help promote social and economic justice. What exhibitors and vendors will be at the Fair? Compass-After School Program of the Family Service Center, Heifer Project International, Hope for the First Nation, SPARC, Trees for life and others. For more information, call 217-523-5212.
  8:00AM 3:00PM Christmas in Petersburg   Christmas open houses at participating merchants, along with many other activities on Sat. including craft show, home tour and bazaar. For more information call 217-632-4154. Petersburg Square N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg, IL 62675
  8:00AM 12:00PM Cookie Walk   First Congregational UCC 3rd Annual Cookie Walk Dec. 7 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The location is at 2100 South Bates Avenue at the corner of Bates and Cherry No admission, cookies are $5.00 a pound Various kinds of Christmas cookies will be baked by church members, so you don't have to bake yourself. Make great gifts. There will also be several baskets of various themed items for silent auction. Contact information: If you have questions, call 546-7170. You can also find more details at www.firstucc.com or at their Facebook site: FirstCong UCC Springfield. 2100 Bates Ave., Springfield, IL 62704
  8:00AM 3:00PM Cookie Walk and Craft Sale   Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Sale, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., 2626 S. Pasfield St. Homemade cookies ($5 a pound), candies and handcrafted items will be for sale. Items will include holiday crafts, as well as, ceramics, jewelry, florals, paintings, knitted, crocheted items made by members. Proceeds support an art scholarship for a local college student and community service projects.
  8:30AM 10:30AM Pancakes, Paws & Santa Clause   At the Lincoln Greens Golf Course to benefit the Henson Robinson Zoo. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Please call 217-585-1821 to reserve yoru stpo today. Residents and members $9 adult/$7 child...Non-residents $10 Adult/ $8/Child
  9:00AM 12:00PM Breakfast with Santa   The Valley of Springfield Scottish Rite will be sponsoring it's seventh annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7, 2013 from 9 am to 12 noon at 1020 Rickard Road. The event is free to all children and their families. A free will offering will be requested of those adults attending the event. Proceeds will go the to help the learning center purchase materials and supplies to be used in training children with dyslexia that reside in the Valley of Springfield Service Area Call 217-793-778 for further details and to make reservations. Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, Springfield, IL 62704
  9:00AM 2:00PM Christmas Bazaar   The 15th Annual Village Christmas will be held at the Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 Andrew Road, Sherman, Ill. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Do your Christmas shopping and baking in one stop! Take home a Swedish Tea Ring, cookies from the Cookie Walk and assorted goodies from the Country Cupboard. Shop at craft, gift booths and Granny’s Attic. Enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee or tea from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A turkey noodle luncheon is served from 11.a.m.-1 p.m. Children can enjoy the make take it activity while the adults shop. All proceeds are used to support missions of the United Methodist Women. For more information call 496-2338.
  9:00AM 1:00PM Pawnee PTO Winter Carnival Event   The Pawnee PTO invites you to a Free Doughnut Breakfast with Santa (9-10 a.m.) and then to share your Christmas wishes (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)! Children can do their Christmas shopping in our "Santa's Secret Shop" and 30+ vendors will be set up in the varsity gym for parents. Gift baskets will be on display for a raffle, Inflatable Toys Fun from 10 a.m.-noon and lunch concessions will be available by the After-Prom committee. Pawnee School, 810 N. Fourth Street, Pawnee, IL 62558, IL 62558 Local Vendors include: Artistic Faux Pas, BJ's Bow Bows, BLM Creations, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Discovery Toys, DK Designs, Gourmet Cupboard, Homemade Caramels by Alicia, Huffleblossoms, Initials, Inc., IT Works, Johnson Honey Farm, J&M Treasures, Longaberger, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Paparazzi Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, PJ Moore Unique Silver & Mirano Glass, Plexus Slim, Premiere Design Jewelry, Scentsy, Scrubbies & Scarves by Mom, Silpada Jewelry, Sisi's Baby & Toddler Creations, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Tote ‘N It Up and more.
  10:00AM 1:00PM Evergreen Wreath-Making Workshops   Come and construct your very own evergreen wreath! Plant material, wreath frames, wire and simple ribbons for bows will be provided. Please bring your own pruning shears and any custom decorations you want to use on your finished wreath. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYENT REQUIRED. For more information call the Garden at 217-546-4116. $30 Garden members/ $35 non-members
  10:00AM 4:00PM Clayville Christmas   Annual event at the Clayville Historic Site. Period decorations in the Historic buildings. Caroling groups throughout the day. Children's store, refreshments and Santa will be there all day. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677
  10:00AM 4:00PM Holly Fair Bake Sale   St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church will hold their annual Holly Fair Bake Sale Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1600 South Glenwood. Gyros, Italian beef, spinach pie, baklava, Greek pastries, assortment plates and more desserts! Crafts tables.
  10:00AM 1:00PM Santa Visits in Williamsville   Santa and Mrs Claus will be at the WIlliamsville Community Center (141 West Main, Williamsville, IL 62693) on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to visit with children. Bring your camera and visit with Santa.
  11:00AM 5:00PM Kleiner Christkindlmarkt Christmas Market   Kleiner Christkindlmarkt: A Little Christmas Market is Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Engel’s on Edwards: Tents at 552 S. MacArthur from 11am to 5pm. Various handmade items: Strohsterne (straw stars), Scherenschnitte (silhouettes) and Adventskränze (advent wreaths) Manufactured items: Christmas tree ornaments, gently used Christmas items, Stollen, Christmas candies and Spekulatius; bake sale items, cookies, cakes, breads and more goodies. Essen u. Trinken (food and drink): Grilled brats with sauerkraut (optional), hot pretzels, hot kaffee, hot cocoa, hot cider and Glühwein. Musical Attractions: High School German language students will sing Christmas carols, musical performances (weather permitting) by: Jean Dowell, Sally Correll and Bill Ryan. Other Attractions: There will be a free-standing fire pit to warm yourself by as you eat and drink our goodies. Santa Claus will stop by for a visit.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Nativity Festival   A display of more than 100 Nativity sets and tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church. The event is open to the public and appropriate for children and adults. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Rd., Springfield, IL 62701
  4:00PM n/a Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Winter Concert   The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to their Winter Concert Dancing with the Symphony on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Springfield High School Auditorium located at 101 S Lewis St, Springfield, Ill. The concert will be conducted by our new Music Director and Conductor, Eugene Power. The concert will feature the symphony, concert and preparatory orchestra along with our junior strings ensemble. The concert will feature Strauss’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Bizet’s Farandole, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement), and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students. For information, please 217-753-8000 or check us out on the web www.svys.org.
  5:00PM n/a Taylorville Twilight Christmas Parade   Taylorville Main Street is presenting the annual Twilight Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. This years theme will be "A Story Book Christmas!! We invite you to participate in this annual gala seasonal event in the categories listed below. The official Santa will be the last vehicle of the parade and will then proceed to Santa's house on the Square. The parade line-up will begin at 4:15 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish empty lot, located behind the K of C on Main Street. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. sharp. .
  6:00PM n/a Christmas Parade- Springfield   Last year was a new beginning for the parade as it moved to the evening, at Santa’s request. Jaycee President, David Pickett said, “It was a logical move, so that the parade would capture the magic of the holiday lights, as well provide a time that families could be together to greet Santa’s first visit of the season.” This years Theme, “Holiday Stories,” will bring to life the many tales and customs associated with this “most wonderful time of the year.” We believe this parade theme will offer parade participants the title page for beautiful floats, music of the season, and stories … old and new,” Pickett added. Naturally, only the real Santa Claus will take his place of honor on a newly created float, crafted for him by the Springfield Jaycees and Springfield’s award winning float team from The Coalition of Rainbow Alliances. Santa will greet parade-goers from a specially lighted replica of his workshop at the North Pole. “Big and bright!” explained CORAL Parade Event Coordinator, Bert Morton, as he described the design that will bring Santa into downtown Springfield on Dec. 7. The Jaycees invite community groups, businesses, governmental entities and area bands to join them in this light show salute to the holidays. The parade will step off from the Horace Mann parking lot a 6:00 p.m., and follow Jefferson Street to Fifth Street. It will follow Fifth street to Capitol Avenue, and make its way to Sixth Street. Filling the downtown with twinkling lights, the parade will turn on Washington Street and disband at Seventh Street. Information and parade applications can be found on line at www.springfieldjaycees.org.
  6:00PM n/a Madrigal Dinner   The Southeast High School Sensations Show Choir will present its fourth annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Abundant Faith Christian Center gymnasium. For info or tickets, phone 217-525-3130, ext. 161, email twilliam@sps186.org or visit the classroom website at http://www.sps186.org/teachers/twilliam.

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