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Postings for January 11, 2014 Full Month View
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  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.
  All Day Martin Luther King Essay Contest   o celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity is holding an essay competition for students in grades 5 through 12. The competition is aimed at exposing students to the ideas of Dr. King. Students are asked to write a 300 to 400 word essay that explores a quotation from Dr. King: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Awards of $700 will be given to the elementary (5th grade), middle school, and high school student whose essay is determined by the judges to be the best in its category. The winning essays will be announced and presented at the annual Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity celebration on Jan. 19, 2014 at Union Baptist Church, 1405 East Monroe Street, Springfield. Essays will be accepted until January 13, 2014 and judged by a panel designated by the Ministerial Alliance. Essay Competition Rules and Guidelines: Essay Topic: "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay must be typed: no less than 300 words; no more than 400 words. Submission Deadline: Essay, along with the student's contact information, must be mailed or delivered by 3:00 p.m. CST on Jan. 13, 2014 to: c/o Pastor Silas Johnson Calvary Baptist Church 2208 Kansas St. Springfield, Illinois 62703 Awards: $700 elementary; $700 middle school; $700 high school. Essay presentations: The winners will be announced at the Ministerial Alliance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr birthday celebration on Jan. 19, 2014; winners are required to present their essay. For questions regarding essay: R. Beverly Peters at 217 698-0287 or bpeters21@comcast.net
  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.
  10:00AM 4:00PM Remembering Nelson Mandela's Life & Legacy   The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum at 521 East Washington Street continues its exhibit "Remembering Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy" through January 31st. On view are original documents from his election as President of South Africa in 1994, letters to his family while in prison, personal memorabilia of Springfield residents who have visited South Africa, pictures and original sculptures from Africa. The Museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Special appointments can be made by calling Barbara Dickerman at 217-789-8965
  8:00PM n/a Hair   Springfield Theatre Centre (STC)'s fourth production of the season, "Hair", will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield and will run January 10- 12 and 17-19. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for children/seniors and $18 for adults. "Hair" tells the story of the "tribe," a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the "Age of Aquarius" living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription in the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life. STC's production of "Hair" is rated R for adult content, language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised. Tickets for "Hair" are available by calling the box office at 217-523-2787 or online at www.hcfta.org.
  10:00AM n/a Preschool Peepers – Deer! Oh Deer!   Preschoolers will learn all about our state mammal, the white-tailed deer, at Preschool Peepers – Deer! Oh Deer! Come to the Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, January 11 at 10am for this program for children ages 3-5. Fee is $1. Visit www.maconcountyconservation.org to register or call 217-423-7708. Join us as we learn all about the white-tailed deer. We will make crafts, look at pelts, and examine replicas of scat and tracks. Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available
  10:00AM 2:00PM First Aid and Winter Survival Training   Zombification Orientation and Defense or also known as Z.O.D. is coming back to the Rochester Public Library! Z.O.D. visited RPL during the month of November and will be joining forces with us once again! Z.O.D. will be teaching basic first aid and winter survival training. This event is open to the public. Please call the library in advance to register for this event or you can join by visiting us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rochesterlibrary. Walk-ins are also welcomed!
  11:00AM 3:00PM Tusks, Teeth, and Tundra: Ice Age Giants   The Illinois State Museum invites families to learn about the extinct giants you won’t find in any zoo! This month’s Super Saturday, Tusks, Teeth, and Tundra: Ice Age Giants, on January 11th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm will celebrate Mammoths, Mastodonts, Giant Ground Sloths, and other Ice Age beasts. Children will create their own Woolly Mammoth, learn how animals of the Ice Age compare to animals today, solve a bone puzzle, and more. Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum are designed for children 3-8 years old and are free and open to the public. Most activities can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes, although participants may stay as long as they wish. Parents are invited to participate with their children. The Super Saturday series is sponsored by Bank of Springfield
  7:00PM 10:00PM Trivia Night   Knights of Columbus Hall Council 4175, 2801 West St., Springfield, TIME: 7pm-10pm. PRICE: $10 per person 8 minimum - 10 maximum per table. PHONE: 217-899-5977 All proceeds benefit the Lanphier High School softball and volleyball teams. Food may be brought in, drinks need to be bought from the KC. Silent auction and 50/50 also available. RSVP your table now!

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