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Exciting events in central Illinois

Breakfast Optimist Club
Mar 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, 7am Fri. Every Friday. Visitors welcome. 546-5021. Atonement Lutheran Church, 2800 W. Jefferson St., 546-7646.

Peacemaking in a Post-Truth World

Mar 18, 8:30am-3pm. Seminar on the application of René Girard’s mimetic theory to praying with and preaching the Judeo-Christian texts. $40. Registration. springfieldop.org/bible-strategies. Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., 787-0481.

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Mar 20, Apr 17, 7pm. Support group for those suffering from Alzheimer’s. passavanthospital.com. Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, 245-9541.

Brain Injury Support Group

Mar 21, Apr 18, 4:30pm. Open to brain injury survivors as well as their friends and family. memorialmedical.com. Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., 788-3000.

Burn Survivor Support Group
Mar 21, Apr 18, 5:30pm. Facilitated by Therese Meyer-Cox, senior clinical psychologist with Memorial Rehab Services. Open to current and past burn survivors as well as their friends and family. memorialmedical.com. Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., 788-3000.

Ostomy Support Group
Mar 21, Apr 18, 7pm (Mar), 12pm (Apr). Support group for those who have had an ostomy. passavanthospital.com. Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, 245-9541.

Capitol Building Tour Mar 28, 1-2pm. Join AARP for a tour of the Illinois State Capitol. Meet at north entrance 15 minutes prior to tour. local.aarp.org. 877-926-8300. Illinois State Capitol, 301 S. 2nd St., 62701.
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Capitol Building Tour
Mar 28, 1-2pm. Join AARP for a tour of the Illinois State Capitol. Meet at North Entrance 15 minutes prior to tour. local.aarp.org. 877-926-8300. Illinois State Capitol, 301 S. Second St., 62701.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Mar 31, 7:30-9pm. Musical promenade features Chabrier’s “Habanera,” Faure’s “Pavane,” Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and more. $20 admission; $5 for students. ilsymphony.org. 206-6160. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon Apr 1, 7:30am-12pm. Premiere Midwest half marathon takes runners 13.1 miles past Springfield’s major Lincoln sites such as his home and tomb. Registration. runabe.srrc.net. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State C
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon

Apr 1, 7:30am-12pm. Premiere Midwest half marathon takes runners 13.1 miles past Springfield’s major Lincoln sites such as his home and tomb. Registration. runabe.srrc.net. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-9363.

Hammer In
Apr 1-2, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun. Nationally known blacksmiths demonstrate and discuss historic and modern blacksmithing methods. Featuring Jim Slining. Registration required. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Sharing Wishes Hospice Gala
Apr 1, 6-10pm. Dinner, music, inspiration and entertainment in support of the Sharing Wishes Fund, which helps make wishes come true for hospice patients and their families. $90. SharingWishesHospiceGala.com. 788-4700. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-7777.  

King of the Cowboys
Apr 2, 3pm. A multimedia salute to iconic Western movie, music and TV star Roy Rogers by Riders in the Sky. $25-32. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

SSCI Day Trip
Apr 4, 4pm. An SSCI-hosted day trip to the 7:15pm Cubs vs. Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. $100 includes ticket, transportation and Cards Cash. Registration required. ssoci.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, 528-4035.

Finances 50+
Apr 5, 12, 19, 6pm. Learn budgeting and goal setting, how to take charge of credit and debt, and how to manage savings and asset protection. Registration. local.aarp.org. AARP Springfield Office, 300 W. Edwards St., 877-926-8300.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Apr 5, 6pm. Support group for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular disorders. passavanthospital.com. Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, 245-9541.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra Apr 7, 7-8pm. “Around the Town” concert features ISO ensembles in a more intimate setting. Free. ilsymphony.org. 522-2838. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.
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Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Apr 7, 7-8pm. “Around the Town” concert features ISO ensembles in a more intimate setting. Free. ilsymphony.org. 522-2838. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.

Almost, Maine
Apr 7-9, 13-15, 7:30pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun. Directed by UIS Associate Professor of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson. $8-14. uis.edu/theatre. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 206-6160.

Short Films
Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, 6:30-8pm. View award-winners and favorites from past Route 66 Film Festivals. Free. Food available for purchase. route66filmfestival.net. 544-3611. Z Bistro, 220 S. Sixth St., 522-4049.

Health and Wellness Fair
Apr 19, 10am-1pm. Annual fair focuses on issues important to improving the health of the UIS and Springfield communities. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 206-6073.

The Fabric of Friendship
Apr 21-23, 8pm Fri-Sun. Play set during the Civil War by Ken Bradbury highlights the lifelong friendship between Mrs. Lincoln and her dressmaker. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

To My Dear Wife
Apr 21-23, 8pm. Play based on a true Civil War exchange of letters between husband Ethan Foster and wife Susan Foster. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Woodland Wildflower and Tree Sale
Apr 22-23, 9am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun. Annual sale of woodland wildflowers and trees. Free admission. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Springfield Food Truck Festival
Apr 22, 11am-4pm. Food truck, beverages, live music. More information, 524-5861. Conservation World, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

History Happy Hour
Apr 22, 7:30pm. Learn about the history and enjoyment of bourbon with Kentucky-born Dr. Nathan Steele. Bourbon and desserts included in ticket price. $30; $25 for SAA members. springfieldart.org. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Apr 22, 7:30-9pm. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, performs an evening of George Gershwin’s greatest hits. $20, $40, $60. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Masterworks V
Apr 22, 7:30pm. Silvan Negrutiu’s performance of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No.3” is contrasted by Rautavaara’s ethereal “Cantus Arcticus.” Tickets. millikin.edu. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

UIS Music Spring Showcase

Apr 28, 7:30-9:30pm. Featuring the UIS Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Band with UIS music soloist competition winners. Free. uis.edu/music. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Roasted: Hot Pots Pork Apr 29, 3-9pm. Make your own Raku-fired pot and enjoy a hog roast at this family-friendly event. $30 admission and pot; $20 admission only; $15 for child admission and pot. Prices increase $5 day of. springfieldart.org. Springfiel

 

Roasted: Hot Pots + Pork

Apr 29, 3-9pm. Make your own Raku-fired pot and enjoy a hog roast at this family-friendly event. $30 admission and pot; $20 admission only; $15 for child admission and pot. Prices increase $5 day of. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Abe’s Mini and Pioneer Sprint Triathlons
Apr 30, 12pm and 1pm. Mini triathlon includes a 100-yard indoor pool swim, 5-mile bike ride and 1-mile run.  Sprint triathlon includes a 300-yard indoor pool swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Porta High School, 17651 Bluejay Road, Petersburg, 632-3219.

Paul Galbraith
May 5, 8pm. Brilliantly innovative classical guitarist Paul Galbraith presents a solo concert featuring works by Bach, Mozart and Albeniz. $25+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Antique Farm Show
May 6, 10am-4pm. Featuring horse-drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century. Free. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Fantastic Finale
May 6, 7:30pm. Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert features Grammy-Award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and Dvorak’s Carnival Overture led by Andrew Sewell. Admission. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Village People
May 6, 7:30pm. Concert features high-energy choreography, fun, singing and dancing. Known for hits such as “Macho Man” and “YMCA.” $30-150. millikin.edu. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Doubt, A Parable
May 12-14, 19-21, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre. Directed by Edward H. Smith. Admission. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Fat Ass 5K
May 13, 10am-3pm. 5K race route includes food, beer and entertainment. Friday night preview party. Saturday street party featuring hog roast and live band to follow race. $29-45. fatass5k.com. Downtown Springfield.

Prairie Plant Sale
May 13-14, 9am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun. Annual sale of prairie plants. Free admission. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra
May 19, 7:30pm. Concert features the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre 3, 420 S. 6th St., 523-2787.

The Three Musketeers
May 19-21, 25-27, 8pm. From the novel by Alexandre Dumas. In collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College. Directed by Mark Hardiman. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

8K Trail Run
May 20, 7-10am. Run 8K along a rolling, mostly dirt-and-mulch course through Lincoln Memorial Gardens, the Ostermeier Prairie Center and along Forest Ridge. Registration, $25+.lincolnmemorialgarden.org. 502-3992. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Old Capitol Art Fair
May 20-21, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. One of the most popular juried art fairs in the country. Original art, entertainment, food, children’s tent and more. Free admission. socaf.org. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-9363.

Springfield PrideFest
May 20, 12-10pm. Annual celebration features entertainment, dancing, vendors, food, drink, children’s area, teen lounge, more. Free. springfieldpride.org. Downtown Springfield, 528-5253.

SSCI Day Trip
May 25, 8am-6:30pm. An SSCI-hosted day trip to the museums of Pontiac, IL. $45; includes lunch at Edinger’s Filling Station. Registration required. ssoci.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, 528-4035

Life Re-imagined

May 30, 6-8pm. Innovative program helps people identify and achieve their goals, no matter where they are in life. Registration. local.aarp.org. 877-926-8300. Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Dr., Rochester, 498-8454.

Tony Bennett
Jun 3, 8pm. Concert by 19-time Grammy Award-winner Tony Bennett. One of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 10s. $60+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Willy Wonka
Jun 9-11, 14, 8:30pm. Musical is based off Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved, $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

Summer Frolic
Jun 10, 9am-4pm. Period-clothed interpreters celebrate frontier heritage plus World Wide Knit in Public Day. Bring your own chair and knit. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

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