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2015 fall calendar

 

August

Let the Words Fall Out
Aug 24-Sep 27, 11am-6pm Mon-Thu. Interactive installation by Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media and Springfield graphic designer and artist. On display through Sep 17. uis.edu/visualarts/gallery. UIS Visual Arts Gallery, HSB 201, One University Plaza, 206-6506.

Route 66 Barbershop Quartet
Aug 27, 12-1pm Thu. Part of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s Artist on the Plaza summer performance series. Free. springfieldartsco.org. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 753-3519.

Tranquil + Vibrant
Aug 27-29, Sep 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29, Oct 1-3, 6, 12-7pm Tue-Sat. Exhibit features artwork by Sheri Ramsey (pastel), Debra Nickelson-Smith (ceramic sculpture and jewelry) and Priscilla M. Kluge (watercolor). Free. prairieart.org. Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland, 420 S. Sixth St., 544-2787.

Citizens Club Policy Breakfast
Aug 28, 7:30am Fri. Topic: Springfield and International Business. Speakers: Lothar Soliwon, Dr. Ramon Georgis, Norm Sims, Dr. Ronald McNeil, Bruce Sommer. Coffee reception followed by program. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Reading Group Open House
Aug 28, 6-8pm Fri. Learn about and join active reading groups in the area or form your own. Free. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3111 S. Veterans Pkwy, 546-9440.

Dueling Pianos - 2 Cool to Duel
Aug 28, 7:30-11pm Fri. Catered dueling pianos event.  Supports Girls on the Run. Tickets: $30 each or 2 for $50. GOTRcentralillinois.org. 726-9808. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., 622-0099.

Kevin Turner

Aug 28, 8pm Fri. Playing the Friday Night Dance. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-9515.

Broadway and Chocolate
Aug 28-29, 8pm Fri-Sat. Theatre in the Park fundraiser concert. $8-13. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Old Capitol Farmers Market

Aug 29, Sep 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30, Oct 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 8am-12:30pm Wed and Sat. Produce, cheese, meats, art and more. Third Saturdays feature entertainment, cooking demos and more. downtownspringfield.org. Adams street between Fifth and Second. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 544-1723.

AAUW Annual Fall Membership Coffee

Aug 29, 9am-12pm Sat. Hosted by American Association of University Women. Silent auction and membership outreach. Free. 414-4189. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

The Great Midwest Mashup
Aug 29-30, 9am-10pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun. Four team women’s roller derby tournament, 4 MRDA-sanctioned men’s roller derby bouts, vendors, halftime shows, more. Championship 3:30pm Sun. $5 per day. thegreatmidwestmashup.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Clayville Car Show
Aug 29, 11am-4pm Sat. Cruise-in, collector cars, Lincoln funeral hearse, antique tractors, motorcycles. Food and drink available. $15 per vehicle for cruise. Spectators free. clayville.org. 725-1355. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

APL Pet Adoption
Aug 29, Sat. Cats and dogs available 11am-2pm at Green Hyundai Certified North, 2605 N. Dirksen Pkwy. Cats and dogs available 11am-4pm at Petsmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy, 698-3091.

Putt N Party Golf Outing
Aug 29, 11am-5pm Sat. Nine-hole course with “holes” at downtown bars. Teams bring own putters and start and end on holes of their choosing. $100 per foursome. Register by Aug 28. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, 544-1723.

Clayville Folk Music Festival
Aug 29, 12-10pm Sat. Chico Schwall, Jason Eklund, Pete Sander, Rockin Johnny Burgin, Mark Devorak, Supe Granda, Tom Irwin, Don Buedel Tribute with Clay Buede, more. $5 per person, $20 per family. clayville.org. 725-6179. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

 

Danger Circus Company

Aug 29, 2pm, 7pm Sat. See glass walking, knife juggling, dangerous escapes, illusion, sketch comedy, more. Ages 10-and-up only at 7pm, $20. All-ages preview matinee at 2pm, $3. Tickets available at atlasobscura.com. Arlee Theater, 139 S. Main St., Mason City, 482-9999.

The Addams Family
Aug 29-30, Sep 4-6, 8pm Fri-Sat; 2pm Sun. New musical comedy based on the macabre comic creations of cartoonist Charles Addams $18 adults, $16 seniors and students. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

SBC Cycling Challenge
Aug 30, 8am Sun. Ride 32 miles to Athens, 53 miles to Petersburg or 100+ miles to Chandlerville and back. Hosted by Springfield Bicycle Club. Free. spfldcycling.org. Stuart Park, Winch Lane (north of Jefferson), 624-2016.

APL Pet Adoption
Aug 30, Sun. Cats available 11am-3pm. Dogs available 12-3pm. apl-shelter.org. 544-7387. Petsmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy, 698-3091.

Open Auditions: The Importance of Being Earnest
Aug 30, 31, 6pm Sun-Mon. Crew interviews at 6pm, actor auditions at 7pm. Performances will be Oct 30 and 31 plus Nov 5, 6 and 7. More info, uis.edu/theatre. 206-6613. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 206-6160.

September

Spectrum Exhibition
Through Sep 25, 8:30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sun. A sampling of the broad range of art and artifacts found in the ISM’s collections of fine and decorative arts. On display through Sep 25. Free. museum.state.il.us. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.

Mark McKnight
Sep 1, 12-1pm Tue. Presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council as part of the Artist on the Plaza summer performance series. springfieldartsco.org. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 753-3519.

Black Lung Benefits Outreach
Sep 1, 1-3pm Tue. Benefits counselor answers questions, offers assistance to coal miners and widows of coal miners. Free. 812-240-3459. United Mine Workers of America, 3171 Greenhead Dr., Suite A, 546-1130.

Capital City Toastmasters
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, 12-1pm Wed. Weekly meeting. Develop communication and leadership skills to foster greater self-confidence and personal growth. Visitors welcome. 131-3356. toastmastersclubs.org. Illinois Department of Transportation, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway.

Let the Words Fall Out Opening Reception
Sept 3, 5:30-8pm Thu. Interactive installation by Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media and Springfield graphic designer, artist. On display through Sep 17, 11am-6pm Mon-Thu. uis.edu/visualarts/gallery. UIS Visual Arts Gallery, HSB 201, One University Plaza, 206-6506.

Tom Irwin
Sep 3, 12-1pm Thu. Part of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s Artist on the Plaza summer performance series. Free. springfieldartsco.org. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 753-3519.

Edinburg Labor Day Picnic

Sep 4-7. Truck pulls, pageants, bands, carnival rides, children’s pedal pulls, parade at 10am on Labor Day and more. Veteran’s Memorial Park, W. Masonic St., Edinburg.

Cabaret
Sep 4, 7:30pm Musical about the relationship between cabaret dancer Sally Bowles and writer Cliff Bradshaw. Set in Berlin during the Nazi rise to power. Tickets: $12-14 reserved, $6-10 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

17th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua
Sep 5, 4pm Sat. Fun, educational family event featuring musical shows, storytelling, communal suppers, historical reenactors, more. Free. jacksonvilleil.org/prairieland-chautauqua. First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main St., Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Healing Arts Festival
Sep 5, 12-10pm Sat. Fourth annual festival features live music, speakers and more. Free. Douglas Park, 400 N. Macarthur Blvd.

Hy-Vee Kids’ Club
Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, 10am-12pm Sat. “Eat Real and Move More” activities for your children. First Saturday of each month. Hosted by genHkids. Free. Hy-Vee, 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd, 726-1001.

25th Annual Woodcarvers Show
Sep 5-6, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Exhibitions by woodcarvers, wood burners, intarsia carvers and wood turners. Carvings, tools, supplies for sale plus how-to seminars and soap carving presented daily. $3 admission, free kids 12 and under. svwoodcarvers.org. ISF Illinois Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 546-8792.

A-Maze-Ing Corn Maze
Sep 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, Oct 3-4, 10-11, 11am-6pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun. Open weekends Sep 5 through Oct 11. $5. auburn-umc.org. Auburn United Methodist Church, 14100 State Route 4, Auburn, 438-3126.

 

Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival

Sep 5, 12-5pm Sat. 100+ varieties of craft beer and cider, fresh oysters, offerings from several food vendors, live bands, more. $20 advance, $25 door. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 523-4466.

The 10 Artists International Arts Exposition: Summer 2015
Sep 5, 6-10pm Sat. Featuring international artists, spoken word open mic, performance art, body painting, music and performance painting. Cash bar. Presented by Amanda Bryan. Free. 904-3050. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Springfield Mile
Sep 6, 1-12pm Sun. Motorcycles race a one-mile oval track. Qualifying at 10am, race at 1pm. Admission, tickets: 632-0277. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Leaf and Tree Identification Hikes
Sep 6, 13, 1:30pm Sun. Naturalists lead hikes to collect at least 25 types of leaves. Designed for school-age children and their leaf collections. Reservations, 529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr.

Greenview Labor Day Celebration
Sep 7, 8am-3pm Mon.  Flea and farmers market, craft sale, parade at 10am, car show, pie contest, food, music, more. Free. 691-0114. Greenview Village Square, Greenview.

The Charleston Massacre and the History of Racial Violence in America
Sep 8, 6pm Tue. Panel of experts explore the historical, social, political lineage that nurtures the current racial climate resulting in the Charlestown shooting. Panel consists of Chad Williams, Sundiata Keita Cha-Jua, Ashley Howard, Ty Dooley. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

WE-CI Monthly Meeting
Sep 9, 5:30-7:30pm Wed. Ms. Linda Dillion, Ph.D., of LLCC’s Small Business Development Center offers an overview of resources available to local women entrepreneurs. $20 members, $10 guests, $25 walk-ins. Reservations by Sep 4, reservations@we-ci.org. Lake Pointe Grill, 1386 Toronto Road, 953-4378.

Living in the Country: Poems by Robert Frost
Sep 10, 7pm Thu. Performed by Robert Seufert and Sherri Mitchell. Free. oldschoolmuseum.org. The Old School Museum, 110 E. Cherry Street, Winchester, 742-8090.

U.S.-Cuba Relations: Will This Thaw Continue?
Sep 10, 7:30pm Thu. Presentation by Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre, a noted author, activist, journalist and professor. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Traditional Music and Bluegrass Festival
Sep 11-12, 10am-4pm Fri-Sat. Midwest musicians perform with instruments such as mountain and hammer dulcimers, fiddles, banjos, guitars, etc. Plus cloggers and clogging demonstrations. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Fall Fashion Show and Meet the Artists
Sep 11, 5-8pm Fri. Itty Bitty Fashion Truck, fashion show, meet textile and jewelry artists, wine, snacks, more. Free. studioon6thart.com. Studio on 6th, 215 S. Sixth St., 522-8006.

Bird Hikes
Sep 12, 19, 8am Sat. Spot migrating birds during hikes led by Kevin Veara. Free to birders of all skill levels. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Free Shredding Event
Sep 12, 9-11am Sat. Complimentary and secure shredding of out-of-date paper items via shred truck. Free with donation of non-perishable food item for Central Illinois Food Bank. Ameriprise Financial, 2621 Montega Dr., 787-2435.

Annual Fall Festival and BBQ
Sep 12, 10am-4pm Sat. Home tours ($2), music, kids games, historical vendors. $5 admission, BBQ meal $5. Woodlawn Farm, Old Route 36, three miles east of Jacksonville.

Art Spectacular at the Carillon
Sep 12-13, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. 50 professional artists with artwork in a variety of mediums. Demos, music, silent auction, food, more. Kids’ Place $1.25 per child. Ranked in “Best 100 Art Shows in the Country” by Sunshine Artist magazine. Free. No pets. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Canapés at the Capitol
Sep 12, 5-7pm Sat. Lawn party featuring delicious food, wine, music by David Cain, dazzling floral designs, party favors. Proceeds support the beautification of the downtown square. $100 per ticket, $50 for each additional ticket. Tickets, bit.ly/OSCfundraiser. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-9363.

 

Chatham Jaycees 2nd Annual Oktoberfest

Sep 12, Sat. German food, German draft beers, children’s activities and games from 12-5pm, vendors, live music by The Wendell Brothers and Lick Creek, Oktoberfest Games and more. Free. chathamjaycees.net. Chatham town square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham, 414-9637.

Church Survivor Challenge
Sep 12, 12-5pm Sat. For kids. Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St., 638-1648.

Monarch and Me Camp
Sep 12, 19, 26, 10am-12pm Sat. Learn about the monarch butterfly, its life cycle and annual migration to Mexico. For ages 8-10. Registration required. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Governor Duncan Neighborhood Walking Tour
Sep 12, 11am Sat. Tour historically and architecturally significant homes in Jacksonville’s historic district. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Pl, Jacksonville, 245-2626.

Pets in the White House
Sep 12, 11am-2pm Sat. Learn about pets that have lived in the White House. Bring your leashed pet for exercise, demonstrations, crafts, treats and more. Free. Union Square Park, 212 N. Sixth St.

Rockballet presented by Springfield Ballet Company
Sep 12-13, 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun. A vivid, exciting mix of adventurous choreography, memorable music by Downstate and high-intensity dancing. $30 adult, $28 senior, $18 student/child. springfieldballetco.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Free Downtown Artisan Walk
Sep 12, 11:30am-1pm Sat. Guided Downtown Shop Hop and Art Walk to 12 specialty shops, plus a fall fashion show. Free. studioon6thart.com. Studio on 6th, 215 S. Sixth St., 522-8006.

Brass Transit
Sep 12, 7:30pm Sat. Toronto’s dynamic, studio-tight Chicago tribute band. Show covers all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. Tickets $25-40, $5 school-age kids. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

43rd Annual Capital City Century
Sep 13, 7am-5pm Sun. Distance options of 10 to 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Food stops, SAG service, post-ride party. Hosted by Springfield Bicycle Club. $17 and up. spfldcycling.org. 899-9175. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 787-2360.

Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11
Sep 13, 8am Sun. Car and motorcycle show, food, craft vendors, 11-mile cruise at 3pm. Free entertainment, $11 for car/bike show entry. Register, aynproductions@yahoo.com or aynproductions.com. Decatur Central Park, Decatur, 791-1385.

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters
Sep 13, 4pm Sun. A tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter by singer, playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Music in the Park
Sep 13, 4-7pm Sun. Free outdoor concert featuring Americana and bluegrass music by The Deep Hollow and The Blue G’s. Concessions for purchase. 544-1751. Iles Park, Sixth and Ash streets.

Capital City Men’s Chorus
Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 5:30-7pm Sun. Open to any male with a musical interest that is 18 years of age or older. tccmc.org. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Ave. W., 525-1866.

Outdoor Cowboy Church
Sep 13, 3-8pm Sun. With Mark and Pam Fisher, New Jerusalem Singers, Paul Summers, Clementine Memorial Band with Dan Wilson. Food, concessions, love offering taken. Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St., 638-1648.

Fall Rally
Sep 17, 9am-12pm. Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Central Illinois District Springfield Zone. Keynote speaker Judy Knauer. $15, includes lunch. Register by Sep 10, 620-0042. Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 S. Second St., 522-8151

Waterfowl in Central Illinois
Sep 17, 7-8pm Thu. Talk by Heath Hagy from the Illinois Natural History Survey. Free. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 E. Clear Lake Ave., 544-2473.

Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sep 19, 8:30am-12pm. 801-9352. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Needle in a Haystack
Sep 19, 8:30am-4pm Sat. Participate in fiber art activities such as knitting, quilting, spinning and more. $40 full day, $25 half day. 786-2432. Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 19, 9am-6pm Sat. Artisan demonstrations, historic building tours, kids’ crafts and games, vendors, reenactments, period music, entertainment, food and refreshments. $5, $3 ages 6-12, under 6 free. clayville.org. 572-4984. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Jubilee Farm Fall Festival
Sep 19, 10am-3pm Sat. Food, music, games for young ones, baked goods, crafts, pottery, sustainable info, honey bees, adopt-a-pet, trails. Free. jubileefarm.info. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927.

Kite Up the Park - Chatham Kite Festival
Sep 19, 10am-4pm Sat. With the Chicago Kite Company. More than 1,000 kites. Kite flying, demonstrations, and new kid-friendly activities from genHkids. Free. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St., Chatham.

Illinois Prairie Pastel Society
Sep 19, 10am-5pm Sat. IPPS members showcase recent paintings. illinoisprairiepastelsociety.org. 787-8496. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 19-20, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. More than 70 regional and national artist booths, live art demonstrations, vendors, live music, more. Free. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Corn Festival
Sep 19, 11am-6pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun. A-Maze-Ing Corn Maze, games, pumpkin painting, human pumpkin chucking and food. auburn-umc.org. Auburn United Methodist Church, 14100 State Route 4, Auburn, 217-438-3126.

Fall Festival
Sep 19, 11am-3pm Sat. Pumpkin decorating, hay rack ride, magician, petting zoo, NASA training camp, DJ, food, more. Free. Hope School, 15 E. Hazel Dell Lane.

Sherlock Holmes Society Annual Potluck Picnic
Sep 19, 12pm Sat. Potluck plus viewing and discussion of Basil Rathbone portraying Dr. Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon and Sherlock Holmes in Washington. Bring dish to share. Free. sherlock.lolopop.org. 620-0042. Adjoining Homes of Betty Washko and Bill and Mary Denham, 36 and 40 Westwood Terrace, 546-8387.

Enos Park Home Tour
Sep 19, 1-5pm Sat. Self-guided tour of historic homes in Springfield’s oldest neighborhood. Wine and cheese reception held 4-7pm in Sculpture Garden. $10. epnia.com. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Adventure Time with Jamie & Emily
Sep 19, 2pm Sat. Play the new strategy card game, Adventure Time Card Wars. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. barnesandnoble.com. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3111 S. Veterans Pkwy, 546-9440.

Springfield Theatre Centre Trivia Night
Sep 19, 7pm Sat. Doors 6pm, trivia 7pm. Questions, reservations, 741-3605. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series
Sep 19, 8pm Sat. Remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers. Featuring several singers in arias, duets and ensembles with piano accompaniment. $45+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Bird Feeder Wash
Sep 19, 10am-1pm Sat. Springfield Audubon Society members clean your feeders. $5 per feeder. Wild Birds Unlimited, MacArthur Blvd, 544-2473.

Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk
Sep 20, 9am Sun. Hosted by Memorial Transplant Services. $25 per adult, $15 per child 12 and under. 757-7835. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

Back to Hogwarts
Sep 20, 2pm Sun. Get sorted into a house, participate in a scavenger hunt, more. Children’s event; space limited. Pre-registration required. barnesandnoble.com. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 3111 S. Veterans Pkwy, 546-9440.

Tom Wopat
Sep 20, 7pm Sun. One of entertainment’s most versatile artists, Wopat played Luke Duke on Duke’s of Hazzard. Live show features arrangements of great American songbook classics plus contemporary songs. $35 advance; $40. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles
Sep 24, 7:30pm Thu. A note-for-note reenactment of the music of the Fab Four, featuring costume changes and vintage video. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Citizens Club Policy Breakfast
Sep 25, 7:30am Fri. Topic: Tourism. Speakers Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism, and Gina Gemberling, Director, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show
Sep 25-27, 8am-5pm Fri-Sun. See horse powered equipment, antique tractors, steam and gas engines, bailing and blacksmithing demonstrations and much more. Train rides, flea market, food. $5 admission covers all three days. prairielandheritage.com. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville, 243-5678.

14th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep 25, 6-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-2pm Sun. More than 1,000 cool cars, live music and entertainment, performance marketplace, family fun area, food, more. Free admission. Register in advance, $40, or after Sep 24 for $55. route66fest.com. Downtown Springfield, 866-783-6645.

AAUW Used Book Sale
Sep 25-26, 3-6pm Fri, 8:30am-1pm Sat. Hosted by American Association of University Women. $5 admission Friday. Free admission Saturday. 546-5840. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut Street, 522-4415.
 
Middletown Firemen’s Fall Festival
Sep 25-26, 4pm Fri, 7am Sat. 60th anniversary celebration for MFPD. Car show, food and craft vendors, carnival, dinner, 5K glow run, DJs, bingo, raffles, parade Saturday at 10am, Firemen’s Water Fights, bags tournament, live entertainment and more. Middletown Park, Middletown.

Sam Lay in Bluesland
Sep 25, 7pm Fri. Never-before-seen 8mm footage from Sam Lay’s personal 1960s blues archive plus new performance and appearances by other musicians. Post-show talk with Sam Lay and John Anderson. Free, tickets at sangamonauditorium.org. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Venice
Sep 25, 8pm Fri. California band mixes “the rock of 70’s Aerosmith with the storytelling of James Taylor and harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles.” $40. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

 

47th Annual Apple ’n Pork Festival

Sep 26-27, 9am-5pm Sat-Sun. Harvest festival features 25+ food stands, 19th century craft demos/vendors, antique tractor show, live musical entertainment, tomahawk throwing, pony rides, children’s train rides, flea market, more. Free. chmoorehomestead.org. C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton, 935-6066.

Fall Festival & Quilt Raffle
Sep 26, 9am-2pm Sat. Annual fall festival and Amish-made quilt raffle. Crafts, holiday items, bake sale, lunch 11am-1pm, more. Free. 414-6629. Chatham Community Center, 109 W. Mulberry St., Chatham, 483-2488.

2015 Cruise Night and Car Show
Sep 26, 9am-10pm Sat. 31st anniversary event. Car show 9am-3pm; cruise 5-9pm. Free. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Post Polio Group
Sep 26, 12-2pm Sat. Support group for those who have had polio. Annual potluck, please bring side dish to share. Free. Reserve your seat by calling 546-0507. scil.org. Residence of Carol Aufmuth, 2323 Lynnhaven Road.

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Blues Legend Sam Lay
Sep 26, 8pm Sat. Dynamic show combines classical and blues music. $30+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Joe Arview
Sep 26, 6-8pm Sat. Dinner at 5pm, followed by concert. Love offering. Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St., 638-1648.

LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning Chili Supper
Sep 27, 11:30am-5:30pm Sun. $7 per person, ages 8 and under free. Tickets, 786-2432. Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., 525-1360.

Poets in the Parlor: Kathleen Rooney
Sep 27, 2-3pm Sun. Chicago poet and founding editor of Rose Metal Press. Author of six books of poetry and nonfiction. Winner of 2007 Gatewood Prize. Free. vachellindsay.org. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., 524-0901.

Godsmack with Sevendust
Sep 27, 7:30pm Sun. $40. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Scheels Kids Klub - Paintball Mania
Sep 28, 6-7pm Mon. Learn about paintball safety, how to shoot a marker and play a paintball-themed game. Free. scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.

October

genHkids’ Fall Harvest Dinner
Oct 1, 6pm Thu. $50. genh.org. 691-0592. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., 546-4431.

Boo Crew Haunted House
Oct 2-3, 9-11, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, 6:30-10pm Fri-Sat. Tickets include haunted trail and haunted house attractions. Children’s lights on matinee is Oct 24th from 4:30 to 6:00pm ($5 per person). $12 general; $20 speed pass. boocrew.com. Boo Crew Haunted House, 11083 Buckhart Road, Mechanicsburg.

Illinois Trappers Association Annual Convention
Oct 2-3, 8am-6pm Fri-Sat. Trapping and non-trapping related vendors, first annual Rendezvous, annual meeting, trapping and fur-handling demos, Mari-Mann herb garden tour, kids’ activities, more. Free. illinoistrappersassociation.com. 522-2338. Macon County Fairgrounds, 3700 N. Westlawn Ave., Decatur, 875-0135.

 

Old Capitol Blues and BBQ Festival

Oct 2-3, 5pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat. BBQ competitors and vendors, local and national blues talent and children’s activities. Fifth and Washington. $5 adults, kids 12 and under free. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, 544-1723.

Edwards Place Murder Mystery Dinner
Oct 2, 6-8pm Fri. The year is 1864. Benjamin and Helen Edwards are throwing an engagement party for their daughter Alice but murder is in the air. $40 per person includes dinner, mystery, table wine. edwardsplace.org. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

New Salem Candlelight Tours
Oct 2-4, 7-9pm Fri-Sun. See Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site at night. Staff and volunteers in period clothing discuss life in 19th century Illinois. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Bird Hike
Oct 3, 10, 17, 8am Sat. Spot migrating birds during hike led by Kevin Veara. Free to birders of all skill level. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Fall Festival
Oct 3, 8am-5pm Sat. Petting zoo, children’s entertainment, plant education, more. Free. greenview.com. 309-243-7761. GreenView Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson, 787-4700.

Junior Naturalist Program
Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 9am-12pm Sat.  Hands-on activities, games and outdoor investigations at Lincoln Memorial Gardens. For ages 6-9. Registration for all 3 sessions: $40 members or $45 non. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Oct 3-4, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. Mineral, fossil, gem dealers; demonstrations; fluorescent display; jewelry; geode cracking; kids’ fossil dig, “Monsters of the Deep” and more. $2 adults, seniors $1, free children under 12 with adult. ISF Illinois Building, 801 Sangamon Ave.

Rotary Oktoberfest
Oct 3, 10am Sat. A German fall tradition. Sponsored by Jacksonville Rotary. jacksonvilleil.org. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Senior Naturalist Program
Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, 1-4pm Sat. Hands-on activities, games and outdoor investigations at Lincoln Memorial Gardens. For ages 9-12. Registration for all 3 sessions: $40 members or $45 non. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Haunted Harmony
Oct 3, 7pm Sat. Fall concert by The Sweet Adelines of The Sound Celebration Chorus. $18 adults, $15 seniors ad children. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Great American Songbook
Oct 3, 8pm Sat. Enjoy the music of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Rodgers & Hart featuring Laurence Maslon. Music performed by Ollie Watts Davis. Free, reservations required. Union Theater, alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel - Flamenco Fire
Oct 4, 7pm Sun. Spain’s premier flamenco dancer and choreographer, José Porcel. $43+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

AAUW Public Policy Advocacy Program
Oct 5, 7-9pm Mon. Hosted by American Association of University Women. Co-sponsored by UIS Women’s Center and UIS Diversity Center. Free. 546-1296. UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Juan Felipe Herrera
Oct 6, 6:30pm Tue. First Latino U. S. Poet Laureate will sign books and read his work. Free, reservations required. Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

Multicultural Fest
Oct 7, 10am-2pm Wed. Entertainment, ethnic food samples and cultural exhibits. Free. 786-2241. Abraham Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road.

Civil War & The Movies
Oct 8, 6:30pm Thu. Free, reservations required. Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

My Life and Times: An Evening with Sherlock Holmes
Oct 8, 7pm Thu. Free. oldschoolmuseum.org. The Old School Museum, 110 E. Cherry Street, Winchester, 742-8090.

Holiday Craft Sale
Oct 9-10, 9am-4pm Fri-Sat. Local artisans with a large display of fall, winter and Christmas decorations. Free admission. Craft Studio - Salisbury, 5889 Grigsby Lane, Pleasant Plains, 626-1738.

Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre: Come to the Center
Oct 9, 7pm Fri. A celebration of the culture of the Lakota people through traditional and sacred stories, songs and dances. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Elkhart Village Fall Festival
Oct 9-11, Fri-Sun. Vintage cars, antique tractors, Indian artifact display, vintage market, food, music, kids’ activities, pumpkins, cider, more. 947-2100. Just off Route 66, Elkhart.

 

Indian Summer Festival

Oct 10-11, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun. A prairie party for the entire family. Fairy garden, crafts, activities, entertainment, food and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Carve for the Carillon
Oct 10-11, 11am-4pm. Help carve, scoop and move 2,015 pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Pumpkins supplied. All ages, abilities welcome. Free. carillon-rees.org. 546-3853. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

1893 Chicago World’s Fair Tea
Oct 10, 1-2:30pm Sat. Afternoon tea buffet with festive fair theme followed by “an unforgettable day at the 1893 Columbian Exposition”. Dress in 1893 attire encouraged, not required. Reservations, $32. thetealadiesinc.com. The Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast, 701 E. Taylor St., Bloomington, 309-827-2200.

 

Terror in the Graveyard

Oct 11, 17, 31. Outdoor haunted event featuring an abandoned old graveyard and a creepy winding trail in the dark haunted woods plus special effects, scares and more. $10 adults, $8 ages 10 and under. terrorontheweb.com. Menard County Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds, Petersburg, 632-3848.

Echoes of Yesteryear: A Walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery

Oct 11, 12-4pm Sun. Costumed actors tell the stories of several interesting people at their respective grave sites. Maps provided. Hosted by Sangamon County Historical Society. sangamonhistory.org. 525-1961. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

Scheels and the Illinois Raptor Center
Oct 12, 6-7pm Mon. See and discuss hawks, falcons, owls and vultures during the “Birds of Prey” show. scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.

Prairieland Classic Dog Shows
Oct 15-18, 8am-4pm. AKC All-Breed Dog Show. More than 1,200 dogs competing daily plus vendors. Expo Building. Free. illinoiscapitolkennelclub.org. 762-8488. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Lincoln and the Jews: A History
Oct 15, 6pm Thu. Dr. Jonathan Sarna, co-author of “Lincoln and the Jews: A History,” signs and discusses his book. Signing at 6pm, discussion at 6:30pm. Free, reservations required. Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

13th Annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures: “Lincoln & Voting Rights”

Oct 15, 7-9pm Thu. Speakers Dr. Michael Burlingame, Dr. Michael Vorenberg and Dr. Ronald Keith Gaddie. Free. uis.edu/cspl. 206-7094. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Oct 16, 6:30-9:30pm Fri. 2,015 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns carved by community members and local artists. Tree of Lights, spooky music, firepits, food vendors. Rain or shine. No pets. $7 adults, $5 ages 4-10, 3 and under free. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Miss Saigon
Oct 16-18 and 23-25. A Springfield Theatre Centre production. Admission. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Moonlight Garden Annual Dinner and Auction
Oct 17, 6pm Sat. Prime rib dinner. $40. Tickets, 627-2181. Knights of Columbus, 1320 N. Dye St., Virden.

Spooktacular
Oct 17, 6-8:30pm Sat. Historical characters “haunt” the exhibits complete with special effects, eerie lighting, music. Free to museum members or $10 per family. Reservations required, 557-5589 or rsvp@alplm.org. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

The Artists’ Night International Exposition
Oct 17, 7-10pm Sat. International artists, writers and musicians. Features spoken word, visual art, performance art and music. 18+ event. Free, cash bar. 904-3050. Plaza III - The Hilton, 700 E. Adams St.

Poets in the Parlor: Matt Minicucci
Oct 18, 2-3pm Sun. Reading from his award-winning collection, Translation, winner of the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Free. vachellindsay.org. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., 524-0901.

Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Lafore Lock
Oct 18, 3-3:30pm Sun. Walk to tomb of Farley “Lafore” Lock on the anniversary of his death in France, WWII. Park at memorials; walk about 2 blocks to marker. Free. roseConnolly2000@yahoo.com. 891-8719. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

Bullets Over Broadway
Oct 20, 7:30pm Tue. Hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show. Written by Woody Allen. Praised by NPR, Time magazine and The New Yorker. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

 

Back to the Future Day

Oct 21, 7pm Wed. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future date with a double-feature presentation of the classic films. Bar, doors at 6pm. $10 single film, $15 double feature. AtTheLegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show
Oct 22-25. 13th annual indoor show featuring barns and their American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies. Free. midamericahorseshow.org. Coliseum. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Haunt the Hill
Oct 22, 5-8pm Thu. Second annual event with haunted house, food, games, contest, Jacksonville storyteller Mike Anderson. Free. Pleasant Hill Village, 1010 W. North St., Girard, 627-2181.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Oct 23, 7pm Fri. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Adapted, originally directed by Katie Mitchell. Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Ages 3 and up. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Back to the Future Fest
Oct 24, 11am Sat. Showing of Back to the Future Part I at 11am; Parts 2 and 3 shown over the course of the day. Costume contest, trivia, games, prizes and more during intermissions. arleetheater.com. 737-3975. Arlee Theater, 139 S. Main St., Mason City, 482-9999.

Fall Festival
Oct 24-25, 9am-4pm Sat-Sun. Demonstrations of life on the prairie during 1830s Illinois. Costumed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks such as butter churning, candle dipping, soap making, meat smoking, fruit and vegetable preservation. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
Oct 24, 8pm Sat. An evening of music history with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Jacksonville Mainstreet’s Pumpkin Festival
Oct 25, 10am-5pm Sun. Fifth Annual Pumpkin Festival. Free. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Scheels Kids Klub - Halloween Bash & Scavenger Hunt
Oct 26, 6-7pm Mon. Indoor Halloween party and scavenger hunt. Games, treats. Wear your Halloween costume. Free. scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.

AAUW International Event
Oct 29, 7-9pm Thu. Topic: “Impact Investing for the Social Good”. Free. Sikich LLP, 3201 West White Oaks Dr., 899-1906.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Oct 30, Nov 1, 5-7, 7:30pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun. Play by Oscar Wilde. Two young Englishmen create alter egos in hopes of adding excitement to their lives. UIS Theatre’s fall production. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 staff, $8 students. uis.edu/theatre. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 206-6160.

Bat Week Event
Oct 31, 12-2pm Sat. Celebrate bats. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Hocus Pocus Halloween Carnival
Oct 31, 1pm Sat. Old-fashioned carnival featuring ring-toss, balloon pop, fish pond and more from 1-3pm, followed by viewing of Hocus Pocus. $15 advance, $20 day of. AtTheLegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Goosebumps Organ Concert and Electronic Light Show
Oct 31, 7-8:15pm Sat. Electronic lighting effects and dramatic dance heighten the atmosphere at this exciting concert featuring the Brombaugh Opus 35 pipe organ. Dress in all black or all white, if desired. Free. lincolnschurch.org/html/Goosebumps. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.

November

Nature Center Celebration
Nov 1, 1-4pm Sun. 50th anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Nature Center. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Route 66 Film Festival
Nov 6-7, 6-11:59pm Fri-Sat. New independent films in all genres from around the world. Attended by filmmakers, actors. 1 session Friday; 4 sessions Saturday. Admission: $40 full festival, $10 each session at door. route66filmfestival.net. 679-1834. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.

ELF The Musical
Nov 6-7, 8pm Fri, 2pm Sat. Hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child on a quest to find his birth father and spread the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit movie. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

African-American Historical Tour of St. Louis
Nov 7, 7:30am-6pm Sat. Three-hour interactive tour with actors in costumes and characters who portray St. Louis personalities that left their mark on history. $85, includes lunch. 786-2432. Leaves from Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

 

Second City: Fully Loaded

Nov 7, 5pm, 8pm Sat. Comedy stars in the making perform classic material from the Second City archives plus scenes lifted from morning headlines. Tickets: $25-30. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

The Polar Express Pajama Party
Nov 7, 28-29, 5:30pm Fri; 1pm, 5:30pm Sat; 3pm Sun. 1.5-hours of crafts and cocoa, followed by screening of The Polar Express, with a special guest from the North Pole afterward. Sensory-friendly showing Nov. 28, 2pm. $15 advance, $20 day of. AtTheLegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

10th Annual Dancing with the Starz
Nov 7, 6-11pm Sat. Local celebrities matched with professional dancers compete for the trophy while raising funds for the Prairie Art Alliance. Elegant evening includes dinner, dancing and silent auction. $65 per person, tables of 10 for $600. prairieart.org. 544-2787. Plaza III - The Hilton, 700 E. Adams St.

Hasia Diner
Nov 7, 6:30pm Sat. Book signing and discussion of Jewish American history with Professor Diner. Free, reservations required. Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

Kim Russo: Psychic Medium
Nov 7, 8pm Sat. Current host of the weekly series “The Haunting Of...” on The LMN channel. Kim will speak of her work with the spirit world, as well as conduct random readings of audience members. $35 in advance, $40 day of. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

 

Fighting Illini Basketball

Nov 8, 13, 15, 21, 23, 7pm Fri-Mon. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov 11, 12:00pm Wed. Reception followed by ceremony. Free. 786-2241. A. Lincoln Commons, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Rooting: Poems and Short Stories by Robert Seufert
Nov 12, 7pm Thu. 7pm Thu. Free. oldschoolmuseum.org. The Old School Museum, 110 E. Cherry Street, Winchester, 742-8090.

Scheels Home Decor Seminar
Nov 12, 6:30-7:30pm Thu. Learn about the latest home décor trends. Tips, treats, more. Free. scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Nov 12, 7:30pm Thu. Enjoy the Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Created by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR
Nov 13-15 and 20-22. A Springfield Theatre Centre production. Admission. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Annual Holiday Market
Nov 14-15, 9am-5pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun. One-stop shopping for holiday gifts, decorations and handmade ornaments. Free. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Civil War-Era Ball
Nov 14, 6:30pm. Sat. Featuring musicians from the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band. Period dress encouraged. Free, reservations required. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.

Abe’s Trail Trek
Nov 15, 10am Sun. 5K, 10K and 15K trail runs. Rolling terrain along Sangamon River, across bridges, up and down more than 150 steps. Registration at triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Cookie Walk and Craft Sale
Nov 21, 8am-3pm Sat. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club hosts a cookie walk and craft sale. Free admission. gfieldceramicsandcraftsclub.org. 787-0617. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St.

Christkindlmarkt

Nov 21, 10am-3pm Sat. Various handmade items, bake sale, German beer, wine and food, including brats. 793-0139. Engel’s on Edwards, 552 S. MacArthur, 744-0607.

Poets in the Parlor: Paul Martinez Pompa
Nov 22, 2-3pm Sun. Pompa’s debut poetry collection won the 2008 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize. Current composition, poetry, creative writing teacher at Triton College in River Grove. Free. vachellindsay.org. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., 524-0901.

Capital City Men’s Chorus Fall Concert
Nov 22, 4-6pm Sun. $10. tccmc.org. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Ave. W., 525-1866.

Woodhaven Hospice Festival of Trees
Nov 22, 5-8pm Sun. Theme: “Christmas Around the World.” Designer trees and wreaths for the holidays. $4 adults, $2 students, $1 under age 6. jacksonvilleil.org. Masonic Temple, 345 West College, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
 
Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair
Nov 28, 10am-3pm Sat. 60 vendors, many handcrafted items and homemade candies. Bring non-perishable food item for food pantry. Free. sugarcreek.org. 725-4359. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, 622-7953.

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