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CUBA POLICY CHALLENGED
Two local peace activists will discuss U.S. policy on Cuba at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Lincoln Library, Seventh Street and Capitol Avenue. Diane Lopez Hughes and Peggy Sower Knoepfle toured the island last month as part of an 18-member Witness for Peace delegation. They are critical of the federal government’s effort to severely restrict travel to Cuba.
Dr. Larry Golden will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Springfield Project, a local not-for-profit organization that helps residents preserve and improve their neighborhoods. Golden, emeritus professor of political studies and legal studies at UIS, is the outgoing president and co-founder of the Springfield Project and its affiliate, TSP-HOPE. He also serves as co-director of the Downstate Innocence Project. The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Renaissance Springfield, 701 E. Adams St. If you didn’t receive an invitation, you may reserve a seat by May 9 by calling 217-206-7688. A minimum donation of $100 is requested.
FARMERS’ MARKET PREVIEW
It’s still early in the growing season, but some Old Capitol Farmers’ Market vendors will set up on the south side of Old State Capitol Plaza 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Wednesday, May 11, and Saturday, May 14. Crafts, flowers, plants, baked goods, herbs, and other early-season items will be on sale. The full market opens in its regular location on Adams Street, between Third and Fifth streets, on Wednesday, May 18.
“66 ON 66” UPDATE
Doug Waterman, the 66-year-old retired California teacher who is riding his bike along the length of the old Route 66, made it to Kingman, Ariz., on day five of his journey after pushing his bike up the 3,550-foot Sitgreaves Pass in the Black Mountains. Waterman is providing regular updates to his family, including son Ryan, a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Jeanne Scott in Springfield. The elder Waterman, whose plan was detailed in last week’s Illinois Times, hopes to reach Chicago by June 1.