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Postings for May 24, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
  All Day Power Up! Fitness Camp for Kids   Fitness Together is presenting Power Up! Fitness Camp Ages 6-14 The camp will emphasize learning and applying healthy living concepts in a fun active setting! For more information go to www.ftspringfield.com
  All Day APL Pet Adoption Event   The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during May with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and have received all vaccinations. Adoptions will be held: Saturday, May 10 – dogs (in conjunction with a donation drive) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at County Market, 2777 S. Sixth Street; and dogs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and cats 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 1600 West Wabash, Springfield Sunday, May 11 – cats from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at PetSmart and dogs at Buckley Prairie Landscaping, 3735 Chatham Rd., Springfield 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, May 16- dogs and cats from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at our Annual Upscale Resale located at the Old Donny B's Comedy Club, 2937 West White Oaks Saturday, May 17 - dogs and cats from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at our Annual Upscale Resale located at the Old Donny B's Comedy Club, 2937 West White Oaks Sunday, May 18 – cats from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at PetSmart. Saturday, May 24 - dogs and cats from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at PetSmart, and dogs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and cats from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ace Hardware, 1600 Wabash Ave., Springfield. Sunday, May 25 – cats from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. and dogs from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group's web site at www.apl-shelter.org.
  All Day Knight's Action Park Grand Reopening   Visit Knight's Action Park on May 24th for our grand reopening! All day long, adults pay child prices and all dry park attractions are buy one, get one FREE! We will be opening Splash Kingdom at 10:00 AM, so bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun!
  All Day MCA National Mustang Show   The Prairieland Roundup will showcase over 300 beautifully detailed Mustangs in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. A perfect time for a National show as this is the 50th Anniversary year of America's iconic 'pony car'. Cars arrive all day Friday and on Saturday morning. Judging is Saturday afternoon. Sunday late morning is the awards brunch (ticketed event) after which cars will leave for home. Parking for spectators Saturday and Sunday is across the street at the Secretary of State's facility.
  8:00AM 12:30PM Old Capitol Farmer's Market   It's time to get fresh with the locals! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) and presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital present the Old Capitol Farmer's Market. The Market will be held 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday's May 14 – October 25 and is located on Adams Street between 5th & 2nd streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of 4th & Adams) and will be available 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. A limited amount of LINK UP grant funding is available for LINK customers to receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day. The Double Value program will end when funding is expended. New this year is "The Community Corner," located at the SW corner of 4th & Adams; which will feature a variety of live music, live radio broadcasts, chef demonstrations and kid-friendly activities. These activities will be held on Saturdays throughout the Market from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is a collaborative effort of DSI, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and local musicians. Beginning May 17, local juried artisans will display and sell their original artwork every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., through October 18 in the parking lot at the SE corner of 4th & Adams. Presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, believes in the importance of fresh, locally-grown produce to help people live healthier lives. The hospital promotes healthy lifestyle activities, distributes informational materials and offers health screenings and programs such as a body fat analysis and interactive educational programs which help children and adults learn about the importance of proper nutrition. St. John's also provides free blood pressure and other tests periodically throughout the season. The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council are once again encouraging people in Sangamon County to bike, walk, run, or take the bus during their commute to work from May 19th-24th and take part in the 7th Annual Curb Your Car event. Call 217-535-3110 or visit www.sscrpc.com for guideline and registration information. In addition to presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, the Farmers' Market is generously supported by the City of Springfield, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's Restaurant, IL Department of Agriculture: Where Fresh Is, LINK UP Illinois, Town & Country Bank, US Bank, The Illinois Times, Development Services Group, Springfieldmoms.org., Kidzeum, GenHkids, and Illinois Humane Society. The market is coordinated and managed by DSI. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, Downtown Springfield, Inc., 217-544-1723.
  8:00PM n/a La Cage aux Folles   It's another Hoogland Center for the Arts Gala show! La Cage aux Folles is a musical comedy about a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night to dupe the conservative political family of their son's fiancée. Tickets: Orchestra adult: $26/Orchestra senior (over 60) and students (under 12): $24 Loge/Balcony adult: $23/Loge/Balcony senior (over 60) and students (under 12): $21 To learn more or to purchase tickets in advance, visit http://hcfta.org/
  8:00AM n/a Brian McMillen Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run   Lincoln Land Community College's Veterans Club invites runners and walkers to participate in the 7th annual Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, May 24 beginning at 8 a.m. on the LLCC Springfield campus. The event offers a 5K run/1-mile walk and a 10K run. Participants may register online for the Run/Walk at http://getmeregistered.com/BMcMVeterans5k through Thursday, May 22. Registrations also will be accepted the day of the event. T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who are registered by Monday, May 12. Cost for the 5K run/1-mile walk is $20 prior to race day and $25 on race day; 10K run is $30 prior to and $35 on race day. Awards will be presented in several categories. The Run/Walk raises funds in support of the LLCC Brian McMillen Veterans Scholarship and other charities. Major sponsor for the event is ISPFCU-Your Law Enforcement Credit Union. Run/Walk participants can also support their local high school athletic programs through the Brian's Challenge Grant. The $500 grant is presented to the high school athletics department that has the highest number of runners/walkers participating in the Run/Walk. Participants do not need to be high school athletes. Brian McMillen, an LLCC alum and Illinois State Trooper, served as a Technical Sergeant in the Air National Guard and spent two years of active duty with the Air Force in Saudi Arabia and Romania. He worked in the LLCC Veterans Office while an LLCC student, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He was pursuing a master's degree when he lost his life at age 24 in the line of duty with the Illinois State Police. The LLCC Veterans Club was established to engage students and community members in service activities supporting veterans. Services include supporting troops overseas, performing local volunteer work, raising money to fund scholarships and assisting veterans in need. The Veterans Club established the Brian McMillen Scholarship to provide financial support to veterans attending LLCC. More information about the Run/Walk is available by e-mailing veterans.affairs@llcc.edu or visiting www.facebook.com/bmcmrun.
  1:00PM 4:00PM Lincoln Tomb Ice Cream Social and Tree Tour   The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site will mark Memorial Day weekend with an old-fashioned ice cream social and a brand-new presentation on historic trees. From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, visitors can enjoy cake and ice cream for a nominal fee – an event reminiscent of the past, when families would gather at scenic Oak Ridge Cemetery for picnics on summer Sundays. The Springfield Municipal Band will be there, along with representatives who will describe restoration of the "original" First Street entrance to the cemetery. The Lincoln Monument Association will also introduce a new tree tour that uses modern technology to present the history of the cemetery. Twelve historic trees have been given markers that describe the tree, provide GPS coordinates and offer a QR code that provides pictures and additional information. Each tree will have an interpreter to relate important historic and horticultural facts. A new website describes the trees: http://oakridgecemeterytrees.wordpress.com They include oaks that stood when Abraham Lincoln was buried, a cottonwood that may be the biggest tree in Springfield and an example of the only magnolia native to Illinois. Eventually, about 250 trees will be identified on future tours. The tree tours are a joint effort of the Lincoln Monument Association, Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation, Illinois State Historical Society and Guy Sternberg from Starhill Forest Arboretum.
  7:30PM n/a Springfield Mile   May 24 -- Short Track TT Races, Multi-purpose Arena, Gates Open at 2 p.m. Races: 7:30 p.m. Admission: $15.00 Pre-Event, $20.00 Race Day, Children Ages 6-11: $5, Children 5 & Under: Free . May 25 -- Springfield Mile, Grandstand One Mile Track.

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