Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 06:29 am
IT's picks for what to do this week
HOME IMPROVEMENT | Weatherization workshop
Heating a house in the winter can put a strain on the pocketbook, so the city of Springfield is offering a workshop to help reduce the cost of utility bills. City Water, Light and Power is offering a 90-minute workshop focusing on home energy efficiency improvements that can be done by anyone for little to no cost. Those who attend the workshop will receive hands-on experience installing a variety of weatherization products, including caulk, weatherstripping and flexible interior storm windows. CWLP is also giving participants a free starter kit that includes many of the products featured in the workshop.Preregistration is required.The CWLP Energy Services Office is also providing Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshops to interested churches, neighborhood associations and other community and civic groups with an attendance of at least 15. Reservations for CWLP’s Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshops are taken on a first-come/first-served basis.
Low-Cost/No-Cost Efficiency Workshop
326 S. Seventh St.
789-2070, ext. 580
ENTERTAINMENT | Swapping karts
The Mid-State Kart Club has earned quite a reputation across the United States for hosting some of the biggest go kart events in Illinois. On Sunday the club will host the 19th annual Go Kart Expo and Swap Meet. The event attracts hundreds of go kart enthusiasts from California to New York to see the latest models in go karts available. Dan Green, president of the Mid-State Kart Club said these go karts aren’t your normal yard karts. The expo features classes of karts that can reach speeds of up to 70 mph including TAG class karts that run from 70-100 mph. Dirt and asphalt karts will also be available to give drivers a wide selection. Go kart vendors displaying vintage karts add to the novelty of the event. The swap meet gives go kart racers a chance to prepare for go kart season in April and learn about up-coming events at the Mid-State Raceway.
Go Kart Expo and Swap Meet
Sunday, Jan. 4
2700 E. Ash
10 am-2 pm
BAND SPOTLIGHT | Touch of Grey
Taking their name and their cue from the Grateful Dead hit from the 1980s, local blues and rock band Touch of Grey will not only “get by” they “will survive.” Several wonderfully talented area musicians came together to make the band, starting with harmonica man, Doc Glatz. As founding member of the Last Chance Blues Band, Glatz carried over other members from the popular central Illinois group from around the turn of the last century, including Gary Halford on rhythm guitar, Larry Harness on drums and percussion, and Joe Mucciante on sax, flute and vocals. Rod VanSandt on lead guitar, Leslie Hardy on bass and backup vocals, and Steve Harris on lead vocals fill out the seven-piece combo. A typical set list might include a standard blues song like “The Thrill is Gone,” then the Beatles’ classic “Ticket to Ride,” and a more contemporary rock number such as “Last Dance with Mary Jane.”
Touch of Grey
Saturday Jan. 3
Skube’s Pit Stop
3036 N. Peoria Rd.